New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards Prediction & Match Preview – October 9th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The New York Knicks and Washington Wizards will meet in a 2021-22 NBA preseason game at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC on Saturday. After a major facelift in their respective rosters, the Knicks and Wizards will look to fix problems as they prepare for the regular season.
The New York Knicks opened their preseason campaign by surprisingly hitting another postseason candidate, the Indiana Pacers. Tom Thibodeau’s team showed aggressiveness and determination to open up the Pacers defense. It remains to be seen if they can continue their impressive start against the Wizards.
Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards had a tough battle with the Houston Rockets before losing a close game. New coach Wes Unseld Jr. has several new faces in his lineup and could continue to play his combinations against the Knicks.
Beal and Spencer Dinwiddie, the Washington Wizards’ new 1-2 hit, got off to a quietly good start. The pair could take advantage of that if Unseld Jr. continues the same tandem in the backcourt.
Fixture: New York Knicks vs Washington Wizards.
Date and Time: Saturday, October 9; 7:00 PM ET (Sunday, October 10; 4:30 AM).
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC.
New York Knicks preview
After their disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the New York Knicks went looking for more firepower. The additions of former Connecticut star Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier are expected to improve on the Knicks’ lousy 110.2 offensive ratings last year; the Knicks were only 22nd in the league.
Walker scored 12 points in the same number of minutes against the Hawks, while the French Olympian had 12 points in 19 minutes. The duo could help All-Star forward Julius Randle find more open space to operate at the New York Knicks outpost.
The New York Knicks front row is a bit thin at the moment. Mitchell Robinson is still out, and Nerlens Noel has been declared as on a day-to-day basis. Thibodeau can’t risk injury to Taj Gibson either, as there is hardly anyone behind him to handle the center slot. The way the frontcourt is rotated is a potentially compelling story in this game.
Thibodeau could play it safe and insert Immanuel Quickley as the starter to preserve Walker’s crunchy knees. The New York Knicks would likely keep Derrick Rose’s minutes down as well.
Washington Wizards preview
The new-looking Washington Wizards traveled to the Toyota Center to test their renewed lineup against the Houston Rockets. Like many preseason games, it was a mixed bag. Although the Wizards lost the game, a few things stood out.
It always starts with Bradley Beal when it comes to the Washington Wizards. The ultra-talented All-Star was his usual self. He was a threat every time he was on the court and had the attention of two or three Rockets players all the time. Whether he signs an extension with the Washington Wizards or not, he could define this team this season and for years to come.
Spencer Dinwiddie is someone the Washington Wizards are pinning their hopes of becoming a star on. He looked good after coming back from injury. He was calm and found Beal in his most comfortable places. There is hope in the Wizards organization that the pair will grow into something better than the Beal-Westbrook duo.
Montrezl Harrell, as a backup center, is looking to bounce back from a modest season with the LA Lakers. If he plays like he did to win the Sixth Man of the Year award a few seasons ago, the Washington Wizards could win another eighth seed in the playoffs.
Knicks vs Wizards match prediction
The New York Knicks are a more complete team, at least early in the preseason, and that showed in their game against the Pacers. His bench is slightly better, which could be the difference, as both coaches are likely to limit the playing time of their projected starters.
Thibodeau is also a demanding disciplinarian on the defensive side of the ball, which would become significant if the offense fails.
Wes Unseld Jr., meanwhile, has a lot of work to do, considering the recent performance of the Washington Wizards. They need better contributions from Raúl Neto, Davis Bertans, and Kyle Kuzma. Playing on the floor in your house should give you energy.
It could be a close one, with the New York Knicks taking their winning streak to two games.
Where to watch Knicks vs Wizards?
NBC Sports Washington Show and MSG Network will broadcast locally the preseason game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards. The NBA League Pass will also display the same NBA preseason game.