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(17-14) Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets (11-19)
Date: Friday December 22
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -5
NBA Betting Total: 212
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Friday December 22 finds Eastern Conference Washington Wizards arriving to play their hosts the Brooklyn Nets. The teams played on December 12th with the Nets shocking Washington with the upset win 103-98. Since then the Wizards have won 3 of 4, losing only to the Cavaliers. Conversely the Nets have been in a bit of free fall losing four straight including sound thrashings by the Raptors and Pacers.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Wizards sweeping Brooklyn. The teams have met once this season with the Nets taking that meeting 103-98. The Wizards hold the all-time record having bested the Nets 98 of their 183 matches.
With John Wall back in the fold the Wizards are immediately a better squad. Unfortunately, with Wall’s return the Wizards experienced another setback with the loss of Otto Porter. He’s missed the last two games and played just 3 minutes in the Clippers match prior to injuring his hip.
Coinciding with the absence of Porter is the sudden emergence of Mike Scott who has been on fire scoring in double digits in five of his last six games. During this stretch he’s averaging 17.5 points and is shooting over 48 percent from deep.
While the Celtics and Cavaliers receive all the focus in the East, like the Raptors the Wizards have moved up silently and now boast a top ten ranking in each of the offense (10th), defense (9th) and net (8th) stat categories.
Bradley Beal tweaked his ankle in the Pelicans game but is expected to suit up against the Nets while Porter will be a game time decision.
One thing you can count on is the Nets never conceding the win. Even in their blowouts to the Pacers and Raptors they fought to the bitter end. During the four game losing streak the two games Brooklyn conceivably had a shot at winning (Knicks/Kings) the team failed to get out to a decent start. More disconcerting was their inability to close out the game despite having an opportunity to do so.
With an opportunity to win the game against the Kings it was evident the squad isn’t used to closing in clutch moments. The Nets who are generally active in cuts seemed frozen in place offering no targets for the inbounding player.
Brooklyn rank 20th or lower in the three major stat categories on offense (20th), defense (22nd) and net (25th) but continue to rank 4th in pace.
Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell remain out and Jahlil Okafor hasn’t seen further action since his initial court time in Toronto.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 19-7 in Wizards last 26 overall.
- Under is 8-1 in Nets last 9 overall.
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings head to head.
- Home team is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings
- In last ten head to head meetings Wizards are 6-4 ATS
Free Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets NBA Prediction: Wizards -5
After losing to the Nets December 12th the Wizards won’t be sleeping on Brooklyn in this outing
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bet the Wizards and the spread -5
Even if Scoot Brooks decides to rest Beal and Porter doesn’t play the Wizards will arrive looking to take advantage of a team they should easily defeat.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Wizards 107 – Nets 99
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