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Wizards vs. Knicks preview: Wizards look for second straight win vs. struggling Knicks

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The Washington Wizards complete their five game homestand tonight with a game against the worst team in the NBA, the New York Knicks.

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Well folks, we hope you've enjoyed the Wizards' last five home games, because that's pretty much it for the home schedule. Five of the Wizards' last six games are on the road. Their next three games are away from the Verizon Center, then they come back for their home finale against Atlanta, and then their last two games are on the road again. So this is pretty

On the bright side, the Wizards get to finish this five game stretch with a glorified scrimmage against the New York Knicks, who come into tonight's game 14-61. While you don't want to take any opponent lightly, if you had to pick one, it would be the Knicks.

Where and when? The Washington Wizards host the New York Knicks tonight at the Verizon Center at 7 p.m. You can watch the game on CSN Washington or join the #radioparty on 99.1 WNEW.

Who's out? Garrett Temple is still out as he nurses that hamstring injury. Also according to J. Michael of CSN Washington, it looks like a safe bet that Paul Pierce will be held out again for tonight's game to get more rest.

The Knicks will be without Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Alexey Shved. Travis Wear is also questionable.

How bad are the Knicks? Let's go through some of the issues for the Knicks this season, in bullet point form:

  • Despite only playing 40 games this season, Carmelo Anthony has still scored 256 more points than any other Knick this season.
  • Jose Calderon has only played 42 games this season, but is still tied for the lead in total assists this season.
  • Their leading rebounder this season is Cole Aldrich.
  • The two best healthy players on the roster by PER are Cole Aldrich and Andrea Bargnani.
  • No one on the Knicks' roster has an effective field goal percentage at or above 50 percent.

What should we keep an eye on tonight? John Wall. If the game gets out of hand early, he might not get a lot of playing time, but the Knicks are the type of team Wall likes to try his most absurd stuff against. Enjoy the show while you can.