The Washington Wizards take to the court on Monday night as they host the New York Knicks for the 2019-20 NBA preseason opener.
The Wizards made some major moves this offseason, adding several fresh faces to the roster. This season the Wizards' focus will be more about the development of individual players. The Wizards' drafted rookie Rui Huchimura, who created a lot of buzz from his performance during the FIBA games this summer. The real question is will he be able to live up to the hype and carry over to the big league?
With Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined with a lower back strain, Knicks head coach David Fizdale will have to decide between starting Elfrid Payton or Frank Ntilikina.
While the preseason opener won't tell us who will win the NBA championship in 2020, it will give us a decent outline of what the Wizards look like with some many new components and where they could be headed this season.
The Wizards vs. Knicks preseason opener takes place on Monday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Arena and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
WIZARDS vs. KNICKS PRESEASON HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks, 2019 NBA Preseason Game 1
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Knicks preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Knicks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM
WIZARDS vs. KNICKS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: 1-on-1 with Chris Miller: Troy Brown Jr.
6:30 PM: Wall 2 Wall: Summer of Separation
7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Knicks, NBA Preseason (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)
WIZARDS vs. KNICKS INJURY REPORT:
Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Isaiah Thomas (OUT, Left thumb rehab), Isaac Bonga (OUT, Left knee soreness), Troy Brown Jr. (OUT, Left calf strain), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain), C.J. Miles (OUT, Left foot rehab)
Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr. (OUT, Lower back strain), Damyean Dotson (OUT, Right shoulder), Reggie Bullock (OUT, Neck), Kadeem Allen (OUT, Strained right foot), Amir Hinton (OUT, Personal)
WIZARDS vs. KNICKS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (25.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.5 apg): With John Wall out, the two-time, All-Star will responsible for stepping up to the plate and leading the Wizards' very young roster into the 2019-20 season. This will also be an interesting season as Beal has until Oct. 21 to decide if he wants to accept his team's three-year, $111 million extension offer.
Rui Hachimura, SF, Wizards (19.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg - college stats): All eyes will be on the rookie as he makes his preseason debut as the second Japanese player in the NBA. Although his outside shooting remains a work in progress, his midrange game and his ability to score around the rim are impressive for his age. The ninth overall pick is known for his versatility and is expected to develop into a primary scorer early on.
RJ Barrett, SF, Knicks (22.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 4.3 apg): The third-overall pick from Duke had a rough start at the beginning of summer league but eventually found his rhythm towards the end. For Barrett, rebounding comes naturally. The rookie shooting guard is known for his dominant moves in the paint.
WIZARDS vs. KNICKS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time Meetings: 337 games (36 playoff games)
Regular Season Record: Knicks lead 170-131
Playoff Record: Knicks lead 23-13
Last Meeting: Knicks win 113-110 on 4/7/19
Last 10: Wizards lead 8-2
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