Tonight the Wizards head to New York looking to add to their recent success, and hopefully winning their third straight game.
On February 8 the Wizards lost to the Knicks, 107 to 93 at the Verizon Center.
Back then, John Wall was was matched up against the “rising star”, Jeremy Lin. Wall scored 29 points, but Lin got the best of him scoring 23 points and adding 10 assists in the Knicks victory. Tyson Chandler also complemented Lin with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
After having the best night of his short career against the Magic on Tuesday night, Kevin Seraphin will be face off with one of the league’s premier defenders, Tyson Chandler.
Seraphin doesn’t possess many weaknesses, but his ability to perform against long and athletic centers has yet to be tested. Chandler is one of the NBA’s best shot blockers, and alters shots near the basket with his length.
With Nene still out, the Wizards will need to continue their reliance on Seraphin’s low post offense. This injury plagued Knicks team is short in the front court without Amar’e Stoudemire, and they currently have Carmelo Anthony filling in at power forward, but Chandler does cover a lot of ground.
The Knicks are currently in the eight and final spot of the Eastern Conference.
The Washington Wizards have lost eight straight meetings to the New York Knicks.
The Wizards will need to push the tempo to keep up with New York, as the Knicks turn the ball over 16.4 times per game — tied for the most in the NBA. Creating points off turnovers is the key to victory.
As mentioned before, both teams are filled with injuries. Key big men, Amar’e Stoudemire and Nene, are both already ruled out of tonight’s game.
The Wizards are not a good road team, so playing this game at Madison Square Garden doesn’t help their chances of winning this ball game. The Knicks are full of momentum, and trying to hold on to their playoff spot. The Wizards can’t start slow and expect to beat the Knicks in the Garden.
The Knicks also possess a lot of three point shooting threats. The last time these two teams met, Steve Novak scored 19 points and connected on five three pointers coming off the bench. J.R Smith can also light it up from three. So it should be fun to count how many ill-advised shots Jordan Crawford and J.R Smith take together.
In the end, I don’t expect the Wizards to win their third straight game tonight. I see the Knicks prevailing.