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#505 Brooklyn Nets -2.5 vs.
#506 Washington Wizards 235
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
Capital One Arena, Washington
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: February 26, 2020, Capital One Arena, Washington, DC, 7:00 PM ET

The Brooklyn Nets will give their best effort in shutting down a red-hot Bradley Beal in Wednesday’s road trip against the Washington Wizards. After manhandling the Charlotte Hornets, the Nets were stonewalled by the Magic’s top-ranked scoring defense. They hope to bury the loss by using the struggling Wizards as a stepping stone. Not even a pair of historic shooting performances from Beal has been able to save them from losing their last three straight games.

The block heard ‘round the world

The Nets had every opportunity to beat the Magic in Monday’s epic meltdown at the Barclay’s center. After blowing a 19-point lead against an Orlando team that entered the game as 3.5-point underdogs, Magic forward Aaron Gordon blocked a potential game-tying lay-up by Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert to seal the victory.

The loss brought the Nets a bit closer to stumbling to the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, and they are hopeful to turn things around in Wednesday’s showdown with the Wizards. It’ll be a situation where they’re trading the top-ranked scoring defense for the sixth-ranked scoring offense as an opponent. The thought of attempting to slow down Wizards star guard Bradley Beal is nerve-racking alone for a Nets team allowing an average 112.5 points on the road.

However, one area where they can compete is perimeter defense. Opposing teams are only averaging 34.5 percent from 3-pointer against them this season. At the very least, they shouldn’t get buried by long-distance shots. They certainly haven’t shown the offensive firepower to stick around in a shootout. Of course, they didn’t think they’d be without both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant for the season, either. They are averaging 110.6 points per game.

It’ll take more buckets than that to shut out the lights on the Wizards.

Beal is a lonesome superhero

Do you feel sorry for Bradley Beal yet?

I don’t see how anyone couldn’t after watching him drop 55 points on the No. 1-ranked defense in basketball and still lose the game in overtime.

It’s starting to become difficult to watch, and there could come a time when Beal decides he’s had enough. There is still a 2021 player option tucked away in the contract of his recent extension. It might be time for the 26-year-old star to begin considering other options that offer him a better shot at winning basketball games.

The Wizards could attempt to make it up to him by bouncing back with a victory over the Nets on Wednesday. Brooklyn’s seventh-ranked defense is a prime candidate for one of Beal’s highlight worthy performances. That’ll have to be the case if the Wizards have any hope of coming away with a victory.

The Nets are limited on offense with their team averaging a 44.4 shooting percentage. Most teams would be breathing a sigh of relief when hearing about those struggles, but most teams also aren’t giving up an average 120.1 points per game on defense, either. Imagine how good the Wizards could be with Beal’s scoring and great defense.

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It’s time to appreciate the fact that Beal is averaging 44.6 points in his last three games. I don’t envision his scorching hot streak being cooled by a Nets team that just gave up 115 points to the league’s second-worst scoring offense.

The Wizards won’t have to worry about Giannis Antetokounmpo on the other end of the floor on Wednesday. Brooklyn lacks quality star power, and it shows in their ability to be explosive on offense. Washington’s one-man wrecking machine in Beal is all they need to light up the scoreboard. The Nets will enter the game with a 10-17 record and a 42.9 average shooting percentage on the road.

That doesn’t bode well heading into the rollicking madhouse at Capital One Arena. The team isn’t giving the fans much to cheer for this season, except for Beal’s emergence as a legitimate superstar. Brooklyn will be the next team to fall victim to the ridiculous scoring run for the electric guard. I’m taking the Wizards and the points.

Prediction: Washington Wizards (+1.5)

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Beal scored 34 points in a 113-107 victory over the Nets earlier in the month. They’ll put together an even better performance with him shooting lights out at the moment. He’s hotter than fish grease right now, and the Nets aren’t going to be the team to stop him.

That’s basically the Wizards’ only chance of survival considering how poorly they’ve played defense this season. They currently have the second-worst defense in basketball behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brooklyn will get enough shots to fall to at least keep it competitive. Give me the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (235)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.