WIZARDS-KNICKS PREVIEW

By: Jeremy Hyman

The Wizards schedule gets no easier tonight as they head to New York to take on the streaking Knicks at Madison Square Garden (7:30 pm | TV: CSN ). The Wizards are 1-2 this season against the Knicks this season.

The Wizards beat the 3rd seeded Pacers on Saturday night, then fell to the 7th seeded Celtics on Sunday night in Boston, and tonight will get the 2nd seeded Knicks on their home court before taking on the top seeded Heat tomorrow night back in Washington. A tough stretch to say the least.

The Knicks enter tonight's game on a 12 game winning streak, including an impressive 125-120 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. Carmelo Anthony had 36 points and 12 boards to lead the Knicks, which is actually his lowest scoring output in his last four games. He scored 40+ in his previous three games, including a 50 spot in Miami on April 2nd. He is on some kind of hot streak right now as he goes for the NBA scoring title and he will be the first, second, and third options for the Knicks tonight. Besides Anthony, Tyson Chandler will be the force in the middle the Wizards will need to key on as his defensive presence is as good as any center in the league. They have also been getting a lot of contributions from their bench, with a potential 6th man of the year candidate J.R. Smith the leader of that bunch. His three-point shooting can sometimes swing a game in the Knicks favor, and the Wizards second unit will need to closely mark Smith around the perimeter.

The Knicks present a slew of talent and can throw a lot of different lineups on the floor to cause matchup problems. They like to play a three guard lineup, with Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, and Iman Shumpert alongside Carmelo Anthony at the PF spot and Tyson Chandler at C. The Wizards will likely counter with their smaller lineup, where Trevor Ariza sees a lot of time at the PF spot.

The Wizards beat these Knicks once already this season when they won 106-96 at Verizon Center back on February 6th, so the possibility of an upset is there. However, the Wiz have struggled away from home, posting a 7-31 road record and are on a current five game road losing streak.

The Wizards will be looking for their first win at MSG since December 6th, 2006.

The action kicks off at 7:30 pm.

John Wall

vs.

Raymond Felton

18.0
PPG
14.1
3.9
RPG
2.8
7.6
APG
5.5
.446
FG %
.425

Since March 1st, John Wall is averaging 22.7 points, 7.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game (22 games). During this stretch, Wall has 10 games of 20+ points, three games of 35+ points and seven double-doubles. Wall joins Kobe Bryant and LeBron James as the only three players who are averaging at least 22.0 points, 7.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game since March 1st. Tonight, he may need another extraordinary effort to take down the Knicks in their place.

Opposite Wall, will be a handful of guards, but Raymond Felton will spend a good portion of the game handling the ball. Felton has been in double figures in six of the Knicks last seven games and can play a big role in the Knicks offense.

In the below clip, John Wall hits the tough shot.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 18.0 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 7.6
PG Raymond Felton
6-1 | 205 lbs |
PPG: 14.1 | RPG: 2.8 | APG: 5.5
Garrett Temple
6-6 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 4.8 | RPG: 2.4 | APG: 2.2
SG Pablo Prigioni
6-4 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 3.3 | RPG: 1.8 | APG: 2.9
Martell Webster
6-7 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 11.4 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 1.9
SF Iman Shumpert
6-5 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 5.9 | RPG: 2.7 | APG: 1.4
Nene
6-11 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 12.7 | RPG: 6.7 | APG: 2.9
PF Carmelo Anthony
6-8 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 28.4 | RPG: 6.6 | APG: 2.5
Emeka Okafor
6-10 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 9.9 | RPG: 9.0 | APG: 1.2
C Tyson Chandler
7-1 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 10.4 | RPG: 10.7 | APG: 0.9


Wizards (29-48)
vs.
Knicks (50-26)
93.1
PPG
99.8
43.4
RPG
40.6
21.8
APG
19.2
.434
FG%
.447
.437
OPP FG%
.458
.364
3PT FG%
.374
.734
FT%
.759
15.1
TO
12.1
5-5
Last 10
10-0

Leandro Barbosa (knee) - Out
Bradley Beal (fibula) - Out


Knicks Rasheed Wallace - (foot) - Out
Kurt Thomas - (foot) - Out
Amar'e Stoudemire - (knee) - Out
Kenyon Martin - (knee) - Questionable
Marcus Camby - (foot) - Questionable

11/30 - WAS 87 @ NYK 108 02/06 - NYK 96 @ WAS 106
03/01 - NYK 96 @ WAS 88 04/09 - WAS @ NYK