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Washington Wizards 2024 NBA Championship Odds

Washington Wizards 2024 NBA Championship Odds

From 2014 through 2018, the Washington Wizards were a semi-competitive team in the NBA Playoffs. But the Wizards have fallen upon hard times, missing the postseason in four of their previous five seasons. This year, Washington ranks as one of the NBA’s worst teams and will miss out on the playoffs again. Washington has not finished with a winning record since a modest mark of 43-39 in 2017-18. Chairman Ted Leonsis has been focused on getting his team out of the crime-infested hellhole that Washington, DC, has become. At the same time, general manager Will Dawkins, president Michael Winger, and head coach Brian Keefe are searching for answers. The first of those answers is that Washington lacks good players and won’t be getting any in the immediate future.

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At the approach of the All-Star Break, the Washington Wizards are 9-40 straight up, 22-25-2 against the spread, and 23-26 over/under the total. Late on Washington has covered two out of their last seven games. While the Wizards have gone under the total in eight of its previous ten matchups. Washington is 14th in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Washington is 28.5 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Washington has NBA metrics of 17th for scoring offense, 15th for field goal percentage, 27th for 3-point field goal percentage, 23rd for free throw percentage, and 30th for offensive rebounding. On defense, Washington has NBA metrics of 30th for scoring defense, 27th for field goal percentage permitted, 20th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 30th for defensive rebounding.

Washington Wizards Key Players

SF Kyle Kuzma leads the Wizards with 21.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Kuzma was the 27th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft out of Utah by the Brooklyn Nets. Kuzma played on the 2020 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and was on the 2018 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

SG Jordan Poole is averaging 16.2 points and 3.6 assists per game. Poole was the 28th overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft out of Michigan by Golden State. He played for the 2022 Golden State Warriors NBA championship team.

PF Marvin Bagley III is averaging 15.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game since his arrival from the Detroit Pistons. Badgley was the 2nd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Duke by the Sacramento Kings. He was named to the 2019 NBA All-Rookie First Team and was a consensus First Team All-American at Duke.

Washington Wizards Head Coach

Wes Unseld Jr was fired as head coach after a 7-36 start to the 2023-24 season. Brian Keefe is the interim coach. He has been a career NBA assistant since 2007.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)

2022–23 82 35 47 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2021–22 82 35 47 4th, Southeast Did not qualify
2020–21 72 34 38 3rd, Southeast Lost in First Round, 1–4 (76ers)
2019–20 72 25 47 3rd, Southeast Did not qualify
2018–19 82 32 50 4th, Southeast Did not qualify
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Washington Wizards History

The Washington Wizards have a pretty interesting history. They were the first expansion franchise in the NBA, joining the league as the Chicago Packers in 1961. They had NBA Rookie of the Year Walt Bellamy in their first season, but they only managed to win 18 games. The team changed its named to the Zephyrs the following year, but that didn’t improve its record or attendance much, so the franchise relocated and became the Baltimore Bullets.

A change of scenery wasn’t immediately beneficial to the franchise. The Baltimore Bullets went seven years without finishing over .500, but that allowed the team to draft star players. They selected Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1967 NBA Draft, and they followed that up by taking Wes Unseld No. 2 in the 1968 NBA Draft. Monroe and Unseld immediately led the franchise to a 57-25 record their first season together, and they went on to make the NBA Finals in 1971 and 1975. Unfortunately, they lost in both of those NBA Finals appearances.

This franchise made another move during its halcyon years. The Bullets became the Capital Bullets in 1973 and then changed their name to the Washington Bullets the following year. They continued to be very competitive and then finally broke through in 1978. The Washington Bullets beat the Seattle Supersonics in a seven-game series to win the NBA Finals thanks to Unseld and Elvin Hayes. They faced Seattle in a rematch the following year, but the Supersonics were too much.

Washington has not advanced to the conference finals since that point. The franchise has won just five playoff series since 1979, and they haven’t won 50 or more games in a season since then either. They changed their name to the Washington Wizards in 1997, but that’s about the only thing they have done of note. This has been an absolutely moribund franchise for over 40 years, and it doesn’t look like things are getting better any time soon.

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