Washington plays four games this week, and all four games are against quality opponents. Here’s a brief look at each matchup:
Monday: at New York Knicks
The Knicks are on a six-game losing streak, so this could go one of two ways. One, the Wizards come out aggressively trying to pick up their first road win, John Wall and Nick Young play inspired ball in Madison Square Garden, and New York is embarrassed with a loss. Two, the Knicks take advantage of a lowly team and get back on track. If you’re a betting man, go with option number two.
Tuesday: vs. Denver Nuggets
Despite all of the drama surrounding Carmelo Anthony, the Nuggets are actually 5-2 in their last seven games, and their only losses were against San Antonio and Los Angeles. The Wizards, however, are coming off a week in which they defeated Utah and Boston at home. So it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Washington to win. I don’t see JaVale McGee stopping any of Denver’s big men though.
Friday: at Oklahoma City Thunder
I see no possible way for the Wizards to win this game. Oklahoma City has some of the best fans in the NBA, and it’s fairly obvious by now that the Wizards don’t play very well in hostile environments. The Wiz actually matchup fairly well with OKC, but Russell Westbrook is much further along development-wise than John Wall and Rashard Lewis won’t be able to keep up with Kevin Durant for very long.
Saturday: at Memphis Grizzlies
Back to back road games against Western Conference opponents? Ugh. Good luck with that. Washington will not win this game.
This week has the potential to be a disaster for the Wizards. A record of 0-4 certainly seems likely. Washington’s best chance at a W may actually be in New York, if they can take advantage of a struggling team .
Also, I’m going to start up the “Cover It Live” blogging feature sometime this week. Stay on the lookout for that.