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 worldThe 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 superheroDo 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.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Nets are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games.
- Nets are 4-14 ATS in the last 18 head-to-head meetings in Washington.
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
- Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
- Wizards are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as a home underdog.