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W2W4: Knicks at Wizards

11/23/2013

Here are a few things to keep an eye on during tonight's Knicks-Wizards game:

Road kill? The Knicks (3-8) have been downright awful at home. They're 1-6 in games at Madison Square Garden and have lost six in a row there for the first time since February 2010.

So maybe this four-game road trip comes at the best possible time for Mike Woodson & Co.

Woodson and Carmelo Anthony were encouraged by the Knicks' latest loss -- an overtime defeat Wednesday to the Indiana Pacers.

In that game, backup point guard Beno Udrih came up big with a season-high 19 points. The Knicks could use that kind of performance from Udrih tonight.

He will start at point guard in place of Raymond Felton. Felton has missed three games with hip and hamstring injuries.

D-Fense?! The Knicks have played porous defense at home this season. The points allowed per game statistic is a bit dated; points allowed per 100 possessions is more indicative of how a team is performing on defense. But, in this case, points allowed per game tells you all you need to know about the Knicks' defense at home.

New York has allowed 105.1 points per game at home, the third-highest total in the league, per STATS LLC. On the road, the Knicks have given up just 89 points per game.

The interior defense, sans Tyson Chandler, will be challenged by Washington bigs Nene and Marcin Gortat.

Woodson will depend on Kenyon Martin, Andrea Bargnani and Melo to combat Washington's front line.

Sizzling vs. Wiz: The Knicks have won 12 of 13 against Washington (4-8). Anthony has been particularly hot against the Wizards, scoring 32.3 points per game in his past three contests, per STATS LLC. In his most recent game against Washington (on April 9), Anthony had 36 points in 30 minutes.

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