The Washington Wizards really aren’t going anywhere in the Eastern Conference this year, as they are just 24-43 and are already guaranteed of yet another losing season. However, John Wall is back, is playing well, and is giving this team a tremendous amount of hope for the future of the franchise.
Wall didn’t make his first appearance in a game since January 12th against the Atlanta Hawks this season, and he really started off the campaign in a bit of a slump. However, on February 2nd, Wall went off for 21 points, nine assists, and five boards against the San Antonio Spurs. That game was lost on the road, but it was the beginning of a great run here for the Wiz. Washington has gone a very respectable 13-9 SU and 12-10 ATS in the 22 games since that point.
The man from Kentucky really has started to shine as well in that stretch. He has only had two games in which he didn’t score at least 10 points (and both of those games ended with Washington getting covered), and he has averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 assists, and 3.8 boards per game. These are the numbers of a man that could legitimately become an MVP candidate over the course of the next 12 months or so.
The Wizards have been particularly good for NBA picks in their last five games. They are 4-1 SU and ATS in those outings, though we have to put the caveat on there that the only team that is even going to remotely sniff the second season in that string of games was the first, a win over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Verizon Center. In that stretch, Wall has averaged 22.5 points, 8.3 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game, and he has also forced 2.0 steals per game as well.