7:40 pm
December 3

Wizards @ Knicks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Washington Wizards (9-14)

@ New York Knicks (8-16)


Current odds:

Washington Wizards: (-120)

New York Knicks: (+100)


  The line for this game is Wizards by 1.5 points.

• The Washington Wizards have been able to climb out of an early hole, but nearly all of the progress has been made on their home floor. The Wizards know they need to find success away from the nation’s capitol and they will try to start a four-game road trip on the right foot when they visit the New York Knicks on Monday. Washington won seven of its last nine at home but it begins the trip with a 2-9 road mark and will be facing a Knicks squad that has been knocking off some pretty good teams of late.

• Behind 28 points from Emmanuel Mudiay — including a game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation — New York picked up a hard-fought 136-134 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime Saturday. “One thing about our team is that we’re always going to fight,” Mudiay told the media after his team rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter. “We don’t play the scoreboard. That’s the one thing coach (David Fizdale) always preaches.”

• John Wall scored 30 points and Beal added 22 on Saturday as Washington put forth its best defensive scoring effort of the season. “I think we did a better job, especially against this team, compared to what we did last time,” coach Scott Brooks told the media, referring to a 115-104 loss to Brooklyn in mid-November. “Those straight line drives, we took those out. I thought the ball was contained. Our pick-and-roll coverage was good. We were inside and we close down some of those shooters. Got good effort from our guys.” Guard Tomas Satoransky chipped in seven points in his first start of the season while big man Thomas Bryant had seven rebounds in his seventh start in place of Dwight Howard, who will be out at least two months following surgery to address a gluteal injury.

• Mudiay was won of four players to score at least 20 points for New York on Saturday, with rookie Kevin Knox breaking out for a season-high 26. “This was a big game for me, I grew up today,” Knox told reporters after making five 3-pointers. “Just being able to be out there in the fourth quarter, overtime, a big-time game against a big-time playoff team, it was good for me to be out there and learn from that.” Noah Vonleh chipped in 15 points while making all six of his shot attempts — three from beyond the arc.

• Wall and Beal combined for 48 points and Mudiay had just four on 1-of-5 shooting as Washington topped New York 108-95 earlier this season at home.

• Wizards PF Markieff Morris is averaging 15.6 points in seven games as a reserve and 9.7 in his 15 starts.

• Knicks SG Courtney Lee (neck), who has yet to play this season, was active for Saturday’s game but did not see any action.

StreakSmarter Pick
New York Knicks