When: Monday, December 3 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Jeff Green (Questionable, Back), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)
Knicks: Trey Burke (Day-to-Day, Knee), Lance Thomas (Out, Knee), Kristaps Porzingis (Out, Knee)
What to Watch for
Don’t sleep on the Knicks
The Wizards haven’t played many games this season where they have a better record than their opponent, but they’re 1.5 games up on the Knicks who are in the midst of a rebuild without their best player who is still on the mend from his ACL tear.
On top of that, Washington usually plays well at Madison Square Garden. They’ve won eight straight in New York, dating back to the start of the 2013-14 season. The Knicks don’t have a lot at guard (especially if Trey Burke misses the game) and that’s usually enough to overcome Enes Kanter’s big night in the paint.
Over the last two weeks though, the Knicks have played quite well. Emmanuel Mudiay and Tim Hardaway Jr. have both been on fire lately which has helped with their backcourt issues. They’ve won four of their last six with quality victories over the Celtics, Pelicans, Grizzlies, and the Bucks. They have a new swagger, and it shows.
If Washington doesn’t start the game with the right energy, it could be a long night in New York.