Washington faces New York, seeks to break 5-game slide
Washington Wizards (29-39, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (29-40, 12th in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Washington comes into the matchup against New York as losers of five in a row.
The Knicks are 14-26 against Eastern Conference opponents. New York is last in the NBA recording just 21.6 assists per game led by Julius Randle averaging 5.2.
The Wizards are 22-21 against Eastern Conference opponents. Washington is last in the NBA scoring 9.4 fast break points per game.
The teams meet for the second time this season. The Wizards won 124-117 in the last matchup on Dec. 24.
TOP PERFORMERS: Randle is scoring 20.4 points per game with 9.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists for the Knicks. RJ Barrett is averaging 26.9 points and 6.1 rebounds while shooting 42.5% over the past 10 games for New York.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is shooting 39.2% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game for the Wizards, while averaging 12.5 points. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 21.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists over the past 10 games for Washington.
LAST 10 GAMES: Knicks: 4-6, averaging 113.4 points, 48.1 rebounds, 22.2 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.9 points per game.
Wizards: 2-8, averaging 115.9 points, 40.6 rebounds, 28.1 assists, 6.9 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.9 points.
INJURIES: Knicks: Nerlens Noel: day to day (foot), Quentin Grimes: out (knee), Derrick Rose: out (ankle), Cam Reddish: out for season (shoulder).
Wizards: Bradley Beal: out for season (wrist).