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Wizards vs. Knicks preview: Wizards play at home on Saturday night

Can Washington defend home court on the second night of a back-to-back?

NBA: Preseason-Washington Wizards at New York Knicks Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After a couple of consecutive (bad) losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers (falling by a combined 63 points...), the Washington Wizards fly back home and face the revitalized New York Knicks on the second night of a back-to-back.

Game Info

When: Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

How to watch: Monumental Sports Network

Injury Report

Wizards: none

Knicks: Malachi Flynn, Mitchell Robinson (Out).

Pregame notes

Tom Thibodeau would have been the right coach for a Wizards rebuild — As the Wizards rank 28th out of 30 teams in defensive rating, one can only wonder whether Unseld, Jr. is truly the defensive mastermind Tommy Sheppard hailed him as... Thibodeau might not be the right coach for the Knicks, but he sure seems like he could have instilled some much-needed culture in the Wizards franchise, that deeply lacks it.

A pre-season type practice game for the Knicks — With not much on the line for the Wizards, expect the pre-season type atmosphere from recent Wizards’ games to continue in this one, especially on a back-to-back. For the Knicks, this will be a good opportunity to continue gelling in their new acquisition, OG Anonuby.

Flashback: Thomas Bryant beats the Knicks in London using a...goaltend!

No matter how many seasons pass, I just love this vintage Wizards win, so I’ll keep reminding folks of it...

How many times in NBA history has a team played in London? How many times has a goaltending call decided a game? This one was quite spectacular: