Washington faces New York, seeks to break 5-game slide

March 17, 2022 GMT

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.

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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).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.