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Nets vs Wizards NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards
- Where: Washington at Capital One Arena
- Date: Monday, December 12th
- Betting Odds WAS +5, BKN -221 | WAS +182 O/U 228.0
The Nets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-12. So far, the team has gone 12-15-1 against the spread. Against the Wizards, the Nets are going for their 4th straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 4.33 points per game in this stretch.
Brooklyn is going for yet another win, as they previously defeated the Pacers. With the 136-133 victory, they also covered the spread as 8 point underdogs. Brooklyn pulled out the win despite trailing by 7 going into halftime. The team did not put a dent in this deficit in the 3rd quarter, but put together a strong comeback effort in the 4th. Leading the team in scoring was Cam Thomas, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 65.0% of his shots.
The Wizards come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 11-16. So far, the team has gone 10-16-1 against the spread. Washington will take the court having lost 6 straight games. On average, they have lost these games by -6.5 points per game.
Not only did the Wizards drop their last game to the Clippers. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 114-107 as 5 point underdogs. Washington let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Kyle Kuzma, as he contributed 35 points while hitting 51.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Nets averaged 109.5 points per game vs the Wizards. Just like the Nets, the Wizards maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 109.5 points per game vs Brooklyn. The Nets have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 7 points per game. Brooklyn and Washington averaged a combined 223 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Brooklyn offense is ranked 16th in the NBA in scoring at 112.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Nets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.8 made 3’s per game. If the Brooklyn offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.2 turnovers per game.
Defensively, Brooklyn has had its problems giving up an average of 112.12 points per game (18th).
On offense, Kevin Durant leads the Nets in scoring at 30.0 points per game, placing him 7th in the NBA. Overall, Durant has hit 55.6% of his shots while accounting for 23.1% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 30th in points allowed to small-forwards. At 25.3 points per game, Kyrie Irving is the 2nd leading scorer for the Nets. For the season, he is 55th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 48.3%.
This season, the Washington offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 110.8 points per game. So far, the Wizards are averaging 98.6 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 14th in the league in field goal percentage 47.2%.
Currently, the Wizards defense is ranked 16th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 112.0 points per game vs the unit.
Center Kristaps Porzingis currently leads the Wizards at 22.7 points per game. For the season, he is 42nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Porzingis is averaging 9.1 boards and 2.7 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending centers. Kyle Kuzma enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 26 games, he is averaging 21.4 and is 131st in the league in player efficiency rating.
Nets vs Wizards Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Wizards +5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 228.0