NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Star point guard John Wall leads the Washington Wizards into today’s Christmas Day NBA fixture against the struggling New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
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Washington (19-8) is on a two game losing streak after suffering back-to-back defeats to the Phoenix Suns and the Chicago Bulls in recent outings, but will start confident about ending that streak against a Knicks team currently searching to find its way.
New York (5-25), which went down to a 118-108 defeat at the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, has dropped its last five games and 15 of the last 16.
Wall comes into the game averaging above his overall career best with 17.8 points per game. He is also averaging 10.4 assists and 4.6 rebounds per outing and shooting 45.2 percent from the field.
In the last 10 games, the 24-year-old has been very impressive, shooting 50.4 percent from the field and averaging 11.7 assists per game.
Bradley Beal is comes into the averaging 15.1 points per game, while Paul Pierce and Marcin Gortat are both at 13.1.
Carmelo Anthony who is averaging 23.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season, will lead the Knicks in the scoring department.
The All-Star forward is averaging 25.9 points in the last eight contest, while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor.