When: Thursday, January 18 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Radio: 1500 AM and the Wizards’ Radio App
Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Out, Knee), Danuel House (Out, Wrist)
Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis (Doubtful, Achilles), Lance Thomas (Out, Orbital fracture)
What To Watch For
Can Wiz get back to dominating the three point line?
The Wizards have been playing amazing basketball as of late, winning their last three games. They have had the hot hand lately (save for Wednesday’s game vs. Memphis) nailing shots from all over the floor which is very big in their success. The bench has also played a big hand in their recent success, as Kelly Oubre. and Jason Smith have found their stride and their shot. They’ll need both to keep it up as they hit the road if they want to get a much-needed win on the road.
Can The Wizards Stop Derrick Rose?
Rose has been playing very well since his unannounced trip to Chicago, including a 30 point outing in the Knicks’ win in Boston on Wednesday. He’s been doing everything and stepping up his game to make up for the absence of Kristaps Porzingis.
Wizards Killer Of The Night: Ron Baker
Yes, I know, Ron Baker is just some undrafted free agent who hasn’t played much this season. WELL just wait a minute. He came out of nowhere to lead the Knicks to a huge comeback win against the Bucks two weeks ago, helping them erase a 20 point deficit in the fourth quarter to pick up a key road win.
He is a pesky defender, with good court vision, and a dependable outside shot. That’s all the classic ingredients for a Wizards Killer. All I'm saying is just don’t get confident if Wizards have a big lead going into the fourth quarter.