Teams looking to get back into the win column meet when the Brooklyn Nets face the Washington Wizards in an NBA Eastern Conference matchup on Thursday night. The Nets (29-25), who have lost nine in a row, have fallen to the eighth spot in the conference standings. The Wizards (24-29), who have lost two in a row and eight of nine, are 13-14 on their home floor. Brooklyn has won the last three meetings against Washington. The Nets will again be without power forward Kevin Durant (knee), shooting guard James Harden (hamstring), center LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) and small forward Joe Harris (left ankle). The Wizards will be without shooting guard Bradley Beal (left wrist), who is going to have season-ending surgery.
Tipoff from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Washington leads the all-time series 105-92. Washington is a three-point favorite in the latest Nets vs. Wizards odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 219. Before making any Wizards vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- Nets vs. Wizards spread: Wizards -3
- Nets vs. Wizards over-under: 219 points
- BKN: The Nets are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game
- WAS: The under is 4-0 in the Wizards’ last four game after allowing 100 or more points in their previous game
Why the Wizards can cover
Despite missing their top player in Beal, the Wizards still have a lot of firepower, led by small forward Kyle Kuzma. In 50 starts this season, Kuzma is averaging 16.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He has a career-high 20 double-doubles this season, including in 12 of the last 21 games. He scored 27 points and a career-high 22 rebounds on Jan. 9 at Orlando, becoming the first Wizards player since Antawn Jamison (Jan. 30, 2010) to record a 20-20 game.
Center Montrezl Harrell has reached double figures in the last four games, and is averaging 14.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He has registered 38 double-figure scoring games this season, including nine games with 20 or more points. Harrell has hauled in double-figure rebounds in seven games, and has six double-doubles on the year. He scored a season-high 25 points on 10 of 16 shooting from the floor, while adding 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals against Atlanta on Oct. 28.
Why the Nets can cover
Despite that, Washington isn’t a lock to cover the Nets vs. Wizards spread. That’s because Brooklyn still has a solid roster despite missing a good chunk of their lineup due to injury. Point guard Kyrie Irving is coming off a 27-point, 11-assist effort in his last game at Denver on Sunday. He also had five rebounds, three blocks and one steal. For the season, Irving is averaging 23.2 points, 5.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds. In one meeting against Washington this year, he scored 30 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed three rebounds.
Point guard Patty Mills has 36 starts in 53 games this season, averaging 13.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds. Mills, in his first season with the Nets after signing as a free agent, ranks fourth in NBA history in 3-pointers made off the bench. In two games against Washington this year, Mills is averaging 19 points, 3.5 rebounds and two assists in 30.4 minutes played. He is connecting on 10 of 16 from 3-point range.
How to make Wizards vs. Nets picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting 221 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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