The Knicks have been a fixture on Christmas Day for years in the NBA, playing a record 49 such games with a record of 22-27 all time. This year they host the Washington Wizards, who have established themselves as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season, at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks season has gone off the rails and they sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 5-25 record.
The Washington Wizards have build off a successful 2013-14 season in which they returned to the postseason by amassing a 19-7 record and third place in the Eastern Conference thus far. John Wall leads his young exciting group into this marquee matchup on Christmas Day, a day on which the Wizards have a franchise record of 14-7. In addition to Wall’s nearly 18 points and 11 assists per game, the Wizards also welcomed back Bradley Beal to the backcourt in mid-November after starting the season on the injured list, and are lead in rebounding by Marcin Gortat with more than eight per game.
The Knicks are led by Carmelo Anthony who averages 23.7 points per game and 6.7 rebounds, and have been helped by a bounce back season by Amar’e Stoudemire who has contributed 13.4 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game.
According to ScoreBig.com, New York Knicks tickets for this game average $413 dollars. To get in MSG for this holiday tilt will cost you $101, but more importantly will make for a great Christmas gift for a Knicks or Wizards fan on your Christmas list. It is a once in a lifetime type experience for many to see their favorite team playing on Christmas Day. The ticket might be costly by through ParkWhiz.com, Manhattan parking discounts are easy to come by.
The Wizards will be very focused on making a statement at the expense of the Knicks with a national audience watching on Christmas Day. Madison Square Garden often brings out the best in a visiting team as it is an historic venue that many people dream about playing on when they grow up. The Knicks will put up a fight and look to add to the win column in front of the holiday crowd.