WHAT: The Wizards are all but in tank mode; while the Nets are looking to cement their place in the playoff push in the East.
WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, NBCSWA; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
Bradley Beal is going to be an issue. Having a career year which is in no way a coincidence considering John Wall being out, he’s putting up 29.1 points, 6.5 assists, and 5.4 rebounds on 48/36/87 shooting over his last 22 games. He was also the last player chosen in the All Star Draft which is kind of funny. He’s dynamic and can get to the rim when he wants or knock down a three in anyone’s face. After him this roster begins to get a little dicey, but he has the potential to carry a team to a win on any given night.
This Wizards team traded Otto Porter for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker, presumably to lighten their salary cap load going forward, but Bobby Portis might be pretty good! Not as good as Otto Porter, who is absolutely lighting it up in Chicago, but decent! Portis is scoring 15.8 points per game as a Wizard and looks a little unlocked. Both him and Porter needed to be in different situations in order to reach their next level of development, and this looks like one of those rare trades that might work out for both sides.
The numbers aren’t exactly working in Washington’s favor and their recent play in Brooklyn doesn’t bode well for them either. They’ve lost three straight in Brooklyn and they’ve struggled to keep them off the line. The Nets have averaged over 30 free throw attempts per game in their last five games against the Wizards in Brooklyn.
The Wizards already have enough going against them before they take the floor for this game. They must keep Brooklyn off the 3-point line and the charity stripe if they want to snap their losing skid.