The Brooklyn Nets (15-16) travel to face off against the Washington Wizards (5-25) on Friday, December 29th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena. Both the Nets and Wizards will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Nets vs Wizards
The Nets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Brooklyn’s most recently played the Bucks and lost with a final score of 144-122. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Nets couldn’t cover the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 244 points in which the two teams surpassed.
When looking at their overall record of 15-16, the Nets are 2-1 in their last three games. At home, the Nets are 9-8 compared to their 6-8 record on the road.
Against the spread, Brooklyn are currently above .500, at 18-12 ATS. The Nets have suffered five consecutive ATS losses when playing as underdogs, and they are 9-3 against the spread when they are the favorites.
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Wizards lost to the Raptors with a final score of 132-102. The Wizards picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 59-50.
Heading into their matchup vs. the Nets, the Wizards are 5-25 overall and are looking to snap their three-game losing streak. On the road, the Wizards are 3-15 this season compared to their 2-10 record at home.
Washington comes in with an overall ATS record of 13-17 so far this season. Washington has not been good vs. the spread in their last two home games, and they are 2-10 ATS at home compared to 11-7 on the road.
Nets Offense Breakdown
The Brooklyn offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 12th ranked offense at 116.2 points per game. The Nets come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Brooklyn is ranked 6th in fewest turnovers per game.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Wizards’ offense is rated 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 116.6 points per contest. When looking at the Wizards pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 103.3. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 6th team in made field goals per contest.
Nets Team Defense
Currently, the Nets’ defense holds the 20th rank in the NBA, allowing 116.3 points per game. Opponents are hitting 52.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.4% of their three-point attempts.
Wizards Team Defense
On defense, the Wizards are ranked 30th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 83.3% of their games. Opponents are hitting 58.0% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 37.4% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Nets And Wizards
For today’s matchup, we project Cam Thomas to lead the scoring for the Nets, putting up 15 points and shooting at a rate of 5/12. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.8 points per game, along with 2.8 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Kyle Kuzma to be the top scorer for the Wizards. Our projection has him finishing the game with 16, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 46.3%, and he is contributing 22.5 points per game on average.
Nets vs Wizards Trends
- Through their last three road contests, the Nets offense has averaged 115 points per game while allowing an average of 120. Brooklyn posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 0-3 ATS.
- Through their last ten home games, Washington has an ATS record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 2-8 while averaging 117 points per game.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Washington has an ATS mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
- The Nets have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
As the underdogs with a spread of +6.5, we recommend going with the Wizards on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 242.5, and our model predicts the Nets and Wizards to score a combined 223 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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