Our coverage this week has included a brief look at the season so far for both teams and we are confident that the showdown between these two Eastern Conference rivals will be a thrilling one; despite the absence of superstars John Wall and Kristaps Porziņģis through injury.
The sole remaining superstar, Wizards’ guard Bradley Beal has been focused since the team arrived in London and spoke to the assembled media yesterday regarding the match-up.
We’ve got to make sure we come out here and take care of business. [The Knicks are] a team that always competes, and we go hard but it’s going to be a tough challenge for us. We have some guys out but I think we’re at a point where we’re turning a corner and we’ve got some momentum we can build off from the last couple of games. Everybody puts their shoes on the same way and a hoop is a hoop, whether you’re playing at the O2 or in [Madison Square Garden], it doesn’t matter where we play. You’re only as good as your last one, so I don’t think [the fact they’ve played here before] is a huge advantage.
So, who will win?
The Wizards are going to win. There are no hot takes here. There is a huge talent disparity and it only takes one look at the team stats to tell you which way this one will go. If the Knicks have a chance, it’ll be due to the occasion, and even then, I would be flabbergasted.
I’ve got the Wizards. Bradley Beal alone should be enough to win as he is far better than anyone the Knicks have right now, and I don’t think they have what it takes to guard him.
I’m going with a Wizards blowout win. I think Bradley Beal goes for a big 40-point game and puts on a real show. He’s hit a hot run of form recently and I don’t see him slowing down. The only way the Knicks could win this is if they stop him, but I don’t see them doing that.
Our #nbaintheuk survey says…
#nbaintheuk has sided with the New York Knicks for this one, which comes as no surprise considering the legion of Knicks fans based in the UK. You’re a vocal bunch and boy don’t we know it.
56% of you felt David Fizdale would coach Tim Hardaway Jr and Kevin Knox to victory at the O2 tonight.
NBA London 2019 is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports USA from 7.45pm. The game will also be available on NBA League Pass.
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