When: 7:00 PM EST, January 31, 2021
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: NBA TV
Point Spread: Wizards +8.5
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 243.5
Road Record: 4-4
Home Record: 1-6
Brooklyn Nets Vs Washington Wizzards Game Day Preview
On Friday, the Brooklyn Nets rested Kevin Durant and were still solid enough to match a franchise record for points scored in a regulation game.
Brooklyn hopes to keep the points flowing going and extend its winning streak to a season-high five games tonight. The Nets will visit a struggling Washington Wizards team with a frustrated Bradley Beal.
The Nets are on their second four-game winning streak of the 2021 NBA stint after getting a 147-125 win at Oklahoma City. The WIN came while star Kevin Durant was rested. Brooklyn also won four straight Jan. 12-18 before dropping consecutive games in Cleveland. They are averaging 126.2 points during this streak.
Friday’s win tied a franchise record for most points in a game during regulation time. (A 147-132 win at Detroit on April 17, 1982) One interesting point with the win was that it was achieved without anyone scoring greater than 25 points. Kyrie Irving had 25 points and seven assists while James Harden had 25 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his third triple-double since joining his new squad.
“They were both incredible,” Nets coach Steve Nash said. “James manages the game so well, spreads the floor, scores, assists, rebounds, gets his hands on balls defensively. Kyrie was just incredible shotmaking. He’s able to make amazing plays with the basketball and it’s such a threat out there.”
The Washington Wizards have dropped seven of eight since Thomas Bryant’s game-winning dunk beat Brooklyn earlier this year. Bryant was lost for the season with a torn ACL a week after his dunk. and the Wizards had six games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.
The team is loosing games by an average of 18.25 points. A new low was set on Friday when the boys only shot 36.5 percent in a 116-100 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. A game that saw the Wizards pile up six technical fouls. Fouls that resulted in the ejections of Robin Lopez in the third quarter and Russell Westbrook in the fourth.
“We’re not going to give up,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “We’re going to keep fighting and we will turn it around. And when we do turn it around, it’s going to be a great feeling to say that we turned around a very unique, a first time (situation) that hopefully never happens again.”
Bradley Beal scored a season-low 26 points against Atlanta after getting 47 Wednesday in New Orleans. He is averaging 36.7 points in his past nine games, a stretch that includes a 60-point game in Philadelphia on Jan. 6. Beal has scored at least 26 points in each of his 14 games this season and scored at least 20 in his past 37 games dating to last season.
“We understand that nobody’s going to feel sorry for us,” Beal said. “We don’t want that. We’ve gotta dig ourselves out of this hole.”
The good news for the Wizards is that they are gradually getting players back from health and safety protocols.
Nets Vs Wizards Facts
- Nets are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite.
- Wizards are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Nets are 4-15 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Washington.
Brooklyn Nets Vs Washington Wizards Alternative Fantasy Basketball-Statement Games Picks
Nets 129 Wizards 121
- 10 PT Pick: Washington Wizards OVER 115.5 PTS
- 9 PT Pick: Brooklyn Nets OVER 120.5 PTS
- 8 PT Pick: Kevin Durant OVER 28.5 PTS