Best Wizards Betting Lines 2023
The Washington Wizards had a disappointing campaign in 2021-22, finishing 35-47 and 12th in the Eastern Conference in their first year under coach Wes Unseld Jr. Despite their 10-3 start, the Wizards struggled with health and consistency.
With that said, the Wizards are one of my favorite sleeper teams ahead of the upcoming season. Between Bradley Beal, Kyle Kuzma, and Kristaps Porzingis, there’s some untapped potential here that could help them clinch a playoff spot this year.
Let’s take a closer look at the Wizards betting odds for the 2022-23 NBA season.
Wizards Futures Betting Odds
Note: All NBA gameday odds and lines are current as of Friday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. ET and courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook. You can find more odds at these US betting sites. Be aware that these NBA futures odds may change as the season approaches.
- Win Total: Over 35.5 (+100) / Under 35.5 (-122)
- Make Playoffs: Yes (+370) / No (-520)
- Win Southeast Division (+3000)
- Win Eastern Conference (+12000)
- Win 2023 NBA Finals (+24000)
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Wizards NBA Finals Odds
Wizards Win 2023 NBA Finals (+24000)
While I like the Wizards as a potential playoff sleeper, that’s about as far as I’m willing to go. By no means will they be in the NBA Finals conversation. There are far too many superior teams in the league right now that the Wizards will struggle to compete with.
Wizards Eastern Conference Odds
Wizards Win Eastern Conference (+12000)
I don’t anticipate the Wizards winning the NBA Finals, and I don’t expect them to make it there, either. The Eastern Conference is absolutely loaded this year, and I’d much rather back the Celtics, Bucks, Nets, Heat, or 76ers to go the distance.
Wizards Southeast Division Odds
Wizards Win Southeast Division (+3000)
Unfortunately for Washington, they’re stuck in a division with the Heat and Hawks — two teams that I believe will out-perform them this season. Because of that, I can’t advise placing a bet on the Wizards to win the Southeast.
However, I do find it almost inexplicable that the Wizards are far behind the Hornets (+1400) to win the division. The Miles Bridges situation doesn’t seem as though it’ll be resolved anytime soon, and that Charlotte roster is looking pretty rough in its current state.
Wizards Make Playoffs Odds
Wizards Make the Playoffs (+370)
Play-in or not, I genuinely think this Wizards team has a decent shot at reaching the playoffs this year. Yes, the East is deep, and it only got better this summer, but Washington fields a talented roster, and I think it could work.
I’ve already gone over the bigger names, but I’m quite a big fan of their complementary pieces as well.
Monte Morris and Delon Wright are two underrated point guards who serve different roles and could play alongside each other if needed. Will Barton is an athletic, versatile wing. Daniel Gafford is a sneaky-good big man who plays his role to perfection.
They’ll probably need some help to get it, whether it be a team that plays below expectations or endures a couple of major injuries, but at (+370) odds, I’m more than happy to take a flier on the Wizards.
Wizards Win Total Bets 2023
Wizards OVER 35.5 Wins (+100)
35.5 wins is a criminally low bar for this team to clear, even with the improvements that were made across the Eastern Conference. The Wizards managed a 35-47 record in 2021-22, and that was with 40 games of Beal and 17 of Porzingis.
I’m expecting this team to be approaching 40-win territory by April, so I’ll gladly take the plus-odds on this prop.
Wizards Prop Bets 2023
Wizards Make the Play-In Tournament (+175)
As it stands, the Wizards have the seventh-shortest odds to make the play-in tournament this coming season. It makes sense to see them so low since they finished as the 12 seed last season, but once again, this is not last year’s Wizards team.
I like the Wizards to outperform their expectations, and I feel that a play-in spot is certainly within reason. I don’t foresee them finishing sixth or better, but somewhere in the 7-10 range — the play-in range — feels right.
How to Bet Wizards Moneylines
Moneyline betting could also be described as choosing the winner of a game, and if you’re new to betting on the NBA, this is likely where you’ll want to start.
Let’s say that the Wizards are taking on the Hornets tonight, and you want to bet on Washington to win the game. At a sportsbook, each team will have different moneyline odds. One will be the favorite, indicated by a minus symbol, and the other will be the underdog, indicated by a plus symbol.
You can earn more money by betting on underdogs (a $10 bet on a team with +180 odds would net you $18), but generally speaking, the favorite tends to win games more often. It’s important to pick and choose your spots when betting on moneylines.
- 2021-22 Wizards Moneyline Record: 35-47
How to Bet Wizards Spreads
Spread betting is slightly more complicated than moneylines, but it keeps a similar idea in mind. Once again, favorites and underdogs play a role here, but with spreads, you’re choosing whether or not a team will win (or lose) by a predetermined amount of points.
For example, in a contest between the Wizards and Hornets, Washington might be favored to win by 5.5 points. At a sportsbook, you would find something like this in the spread category for this game: Wizards -5.5 (-110) vs Hornets +5.5 (-110).
In this case, the Wizards would have to win this game by at least six points to cover the spread — something they didn’t do very often last season. Otherwise, the Hornets would cover.
- 2021-22 Wizards Against the Spread Record: 33-47-2
How to Bet Wizards Over/Unders
Another common way to bet on NBA games is Over/Unders. These have to do with the total number of points scored in a game, which can be useful to bet on when you don’t lean a particular way on the game’s potential outcome.
In a game between the Wizards and Hornets, the total might be set at 230.5 points. From here, you would decide if you think more than 230.5 points will be scored (Over) or less than 230.5 (Under).
When I’m betting Over/Unders, I always try to stay on top of both team’s injury reports and other matchup data. This is often what determines whether a game will be higher- or lower-scoring than is anticipated.
- 2021-22 Wizards Over/Under Record: 44-37-1