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Wizards at Knicks preview: Washington continues New York City road trip on Tuesday

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The Wizards will continue their New York road trip with two more games against the Knicks.

Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks
The road trip isn’t getting any better.
Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Washington Wizards (15-26) will begin a two-game road series against the New York Knicks (21-22).


Game Info

When: Monday, Mar. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NY

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

How to listen: 1500 AM/SiriusXM Radio

Injury Report

Wizards: Davis Bertans (Calf, Out); Ish Smith (Quad, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)

Knicks: Mitchell Robinson (Ankle, Day-to-Day), Immanuel Quickley (Ankle, Day-to-Day), Elfrid Payton (Hamstring, Day-to-Day), Austin Rivers (Out, Personal)

What to watch for

The Wizards have already played the Knicks once this season, losing 114-96 on Feb. 12. While New York isn’t expected to be one of the top contenders to be the Eastern Conference champions, they at least have the third-best defensive rating in the NBA, which should keep them competitive in most games this season.

I don’t expect the Wizards to win this game or their next on Thursday. Given the Wizards’ poor play all season long defensively, the Knicks should have a better than average chance of having a good night offensively while remaining a defensive stalwart against a predictable backcourt-heavy offense.

On top of all that, the Wizards are facing the NBA trade deadline. Though it’s unlikely that they will make major moves (mostly due to their unwillingness to trade Bradley Beal), no one truly knows what will happen until Thursday night, and that could affect a number of players’ heads until this deadline is behind us.

It’s possible Washington is hot offensively tomorrow and Thursday. But I’m not optimistic.