A pair of Eastern Conference teams take the floor in a matchup in the nation’s capital. The Brooklyn Nets are on the road as they travel to face the Washington Wizards Friday night. Brooklyn fell 120-107 at home to Miami in their last game Wednesday night. Washington whipped Cleveland 119-95 at home Wednesday night in their most recent contest. The Wizards own a 99-86 edge in the all-time regular-season series between the teams but the Nets took two of three meetings last year. Washington claimed a 119-113 overtime win here in the last matchup on January 13.
Brooklyn Nets Try for Road Win Despite Injuries
Brooklyn was shorthanded for Wednesday’s contest against the Heat. That, plus a slow start, doomed the Nets and as a result, they look to regroup and pick up a road win in this contest. Brooklyn was down 16 points after the opening quarter and never recovered: the closest they got the rest of the way was seven. The Nets shot just 40.2 percent from the field and went eight of 28 from beyond the arc in the contest while allowing Miami to hit 54.1 percent from the floor in the game. Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 18 points in the loss. Brooklyn is 5-4 ATS on the road this season while the under is 5-4 in those contests.
▪️ We've played 15 games
▪️ @SDinwiddie_25 has hit double figures off the bench in 14 of them
▪️ No Net ever had more than 12
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— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 15, 2018
The Nets are 18th in the league in scoring offense with 109 points per game. Brooklyn is 22nd in the league on the glass by collecting 43.7 rebounds per game. The Nets are 13th in the league in assists with 23.8 dimes per contest. Brooklyn is 16th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 110.7 points a game. Caris LeVert leads the team with 18.4 points per game in the first month of the season. Spencer Dinwiddie (14.2 points, 4.2 assists), Joe Harris (13.4 points), Jarrett Allen (11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.92 blocks) and D’Angelo Russell (16.5 points, 5.1 assists) are all averaging in double figures for coach Kenny Atkinson. Rodions Kurucs, Kenneth Faried, Allen Crabbe, Ed Davis, Jared Dudley, Shabazz Napier and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson are all important pieces of the rotation for Brooklyn. The Nets are 22nd in the league by shooting 44.7 percent from the floor. Brooklyn is tied for 4th in the league by sinking 12.5 triples per contest. The Nets are tied for 11th in the league in three-point shooting as they shoot 36 percent from long range. LeVert dislocated his foot and suffered moderate ligament damage against the Timberwolves November 12 and is out indefinitely though he is expected to return this season.
Washington Wizards Seek Fourth Straight Win
Washington, after winning just two of their first 11 games on the season, has rung up three straight wins to put together some momentum. The Wizards try to string together a fourth straight victory as they take on the Nets. Washington rolled over a Cleveland team playing the second game of a back to back to earn the win. The Wizards were up 12 after the opening quarter and by 21 at the half en route to the victory. Washington shot 47.8 percent from the field overall and drained 13 of 42 three point attempts. The Wizards forced 23 turnovers to overcome 17 of their own: Bradley Beal led the team with 20 points in the win. Washington is 3-3 ATS at home this season while the over is 4-2 in those contests.
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The Wizards are 11th in the league in scoring offense with 111.6 points per game. Washington is 28th in the league on the glass with 40.4 boards per game. The Wizards are 21st with 22.5 assists per game. Washington is 29th in the league as they allow 116.9 points per game on the year. Bradley Beal leads the Wizards with 22.3 points per game while his backcourt mate, John Wall, averages 21.1 points, 8.3 assists and 2.21 steals per game. Kelly Oubre Jr. (11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds), Markieff Morris (10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds) and Jeff Green are solid contributors for the Wizards. Dwight Howard (12.6 points, nine rebounds), Otto Porter Jr. (10.6 points), Austin Rivers, Jason Smith, Tomas Satoransky and Ian Mahinmi are all looked to by Scott Brooks to contribute. Washington is 13th in field goal percentage as the team shoots a collective 45.35 percent from the floor. The Wizards are 18th in the league with 10.8 triples a night while ranking 27th in three point shooting. Washington hits just 32.8 percent from downtown this season.
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference foes
- Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Nets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Washington has won three straight games and they have some momentum. The Wizards have shown improvement defensively as they tied a season-low for points allowed in the win over Cleveland. Brooklyn is banged up and a little disorganized at the moment. Allen missed the game Wednesday and he is questionable for this one. The loss of LeVert is a big blow for the Nets and it costs them here. Look for Beal, Wall and the Wizards to make it four straight wins as they prevail in this one.
Prediction: Washington Wizards -7
Full-Game Total Pick
Washington is finally starting to get on track after a rough opening 11 games of the season. Three straight wins has helped cool the heat on Scott Brooks’s seat as the rumblings were getting loud with the team 2-9. With the rest of the Southeast Division scuffling, the Wizards still are in the mix: they enter this one just two games behind Charlotte. Brooklyn has to figure out how to replace what LeVert was bringing to the table on the offensive end. Do the Nets have enough offense to tap into in order to replace his production?
The over is 7-0 in the Nets’ last 7 vs. a team with a losing straight up record, 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 4-1 in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 6-2 in their last eight playing on one day of rest. Washington has seen the over go 8-2 in their last 10 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game and 5-2 in their last seven against Eastern Conference foes. The teams have gone over the total in seven of the last 10 meetings. Given the way the Wizards are clicking and the Nets are struggling right now, look for this one to end up over the number.
Prediction: Over 222