When: Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Kevin Broom’s Win Predictor and FiveThirtyEight both give Washington a 54 percent chance of winning.
Wizards: Tomas Satoransky (Probable, Head), Tim Frazier (Out, Nose), John Wall (Out, Knee)
Knicks: Joakim Noah (Out, Disgruntled), Kristaps Porzingis (Out, Knee), Ron Baker (Out, Shoulder)
What to Watch for
The point guard battle
The Knicks have had arguably the worst point guard situation in the NBA for most of the season. Jarrett Jack is too old to be a viable starting point guard and Frank Ntilikina is too young. Ramon Sessions wasn’t able to give the team a boost, and while Trey Burke has shot the ball well since the Knicks called him up from the G-League in January, he still has the same limitations as a passer and defender that were apparent when he played with Washington last season.
New York made a move at the trade deadline to add some more depth at the position, acquiring Emmanuel Mudiay from the Nuggets in a three-team deal. He had an impressive debut against the Pacers over the weekend but fell back to earth in a 7 point, 2 assist performance against the 76ers on Monday.
Meanwhile, Washington also has an interesting point guard situation at the moment. John Wall is out for the next few weeks, and both of his back ups are questionable after going down with injuries during Saturday’s game in Chicago. The team has had talked with several players who could fill in, but as of yet, the team has not made a move to sign another point guard with one of their two open roster spots. Hopefully that means at least one point guard will be healthy enough to play on Wednesday, but we’ll see.
Whatever happens, both teams will go into this game without much game tape of what to expect from the other team’s point guard rotations. Buckle in for a weirrrrrrrrrrrrd game one way or another.
A random moment in Wizards - Knicks history: John Wall crushes an alley-oop over Baron Davis
What an incredibly mean thing to do a person.