Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks
- The Brooklyn Nets have had a bit of a New Year lull, going 4-6 over their last 10 games.
- The Washington Wizards continue their climb up the Eastern Conference table!
- The Nets won their earlier meeting with the Wizards this season, 90-104.
Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards Odds
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Head-to-Head: Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards
|Brooklyn Nets||Head-to-Head||Washington Wizards |
|Steve Nash||Head Coach||Wes Unseld|
|27-16 (3rd in East)||Standing||23-21 (8th in East)|
|111.9 (9th of 30)||Off Rtg||110.1 (17th of 30)|
|109.5 (15th of 30)||Def Rtg||111.6 (22nd of 30)|
|99.3 (9th of 30)||Pace||97.3 (20th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Durant (29.3)||PPG||B. Beal (23.7)|
|J. Harden (8.0)||RPG||K. Kuzma (8.9)|
|J. Harden (10.0)||APG||B. Beal (6.4)|
|J. Harden (1.4)||SPG||K. Caldwell-Pope (1.1)|
|N. Claxton (1.2)||BPG||D. Gafford (1.7)|
|N. Claxton (.656)/K. Durant (10.5)||FG%/FGM||D. Gafford (.689)/B. Beal (9.0)|
|J. Harris (.466)/P. Mills (3.2)||3P%/3PM||K. Caldwell-Pope (.382)/K. Caldwell-Pope (2.1)|
|Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||29 Nov 2021||Out (Ankle)||Harris is out indefinitely after undergoing ankle surgery.|
|Kevin Durant||Brooklyn Nets||16 Jan 2022||Out (Knee)||Durant was diagnosed with an MCL sprain and there is no timetable for his return.|
|James Johnson||Brooklyn Nets||16 Jan 2022||Out (Illness)||Johnson was OUT for Brooklyn’s Monday (Jan 17) game.|
|Paul Millsap||Brooklyn Nets||16 Jan 2022||Out (Personal)||Millsap was OUT for Brooklyn’s Monday (Jan 17) game.|
|De’Andre Bembry||Brooklyn Nets||17 Jan 2022||Out (Back)||Bembry was OUT for Brooklyn’s Monday (Jan 17) game.|
|Nic Claxton||Brooklyn Nets||17 Jan 2022||Out (Hamstring)||Claxton was OUT for Brooklyn’s Monday (Jan 17) game.|
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How can the Nets beat the Wizards?
The Brooklyn Nets are considerably down in terms of available bodies, but the Washington Wizards won’t show them any kindness. As easy as it is to say, they must rely on their two stars to find victory.
James Harden and Kyrie Irving are two of the most dynamic players in the NBA. However where Irving found success in his last game, a team-leading plus-14, Harden struggled, finishing the night with a team-low minus-18.
The pair must find consistency together to take down the Wizards. Already limited in the paint, the Nets must find good opportunities for their perimeter threats.
Nets Key Player: (G) Kyrie Irving
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 17, 2022
As controversial as a public figure he can be, Kyrie Irving is undeniably a brilliant basketball player. Despite a loss in his last game, Irving was a team leading plus-14 on the night.
Against his old team the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving posted 27 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds in the loss. Despite only being able to play road games, Irving has showed that he can make an impact.
With Durant out of the lineup, Irving’s individual scoring ability is crucial to the team’s success. How his scoring ability can create opportunities for his teammates will determine if they can keep up with the Wizards in this game.
How can the Wizards beat the Nets?
On paper, many would think that the Washington Wizards are at a decided disadvantage against the star-studded Brooklyn Nets. But through some clever team play, the Wizards could take down the Eastern Conference favorites.
A team effort is exactly what the Wizards relied on when they took down the Philadelphia 76ers in their last game. Assisting on 25 of 42 field goals, resulting in seven different double-digit scorers, made the Wizards incredibly difficult to guard.
Washington’s willingness to do the dirty work and find success in the paint when their shot isn’t falling is key to their success. The blue-collar attitude that Washington have can make up for the perceived lack of skill.
Wizards Key Player: (F) Kyle Kuzma
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) January 17, 2022
When the Wizards are locking in as a team, they are more formidable than they look on paper. Kyle Kuzma led the Wizards’ efforts in their last game, making up for a struggling starting lineup.
In 29 minutes of play, Kuzma posted 15 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks on 46.2% shooting from the field. He wasn’t particularly accurate from three, but his work on the inside more than made up for it.
Against a Nets team that is lacking in the frontcourt, Kuzma can have another great game. Should he have a similar affect on the boards in this matchup, the Wizards could take a win from one of the top teams in the East.
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How to Watch Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards
|Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards Information|
|Teams||Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards|
|Location||Capital One Arena, Washington, DC|
|Time||7:00 PM EST, January 19th, 2022|
|How to Watch||NBCSWA, YES, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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