Nets vs Wizards Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/8

Nets vs Wizards Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/8

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Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets

Brooklyn, NY; Friday, 5:30 p.m. EST

Spread: BKN -9.5
Over/Under: 238.5

Introduction

The upcoming clash between the Washington Wizards (3-17) and the Brooklyn Nets (11-9) at Barclays Center is a pivotal moment for both teams. Despite the Wizards' recent struggles, they are determined to break their three-game losing streak with a triumph over the Nets.

This preview provides insights into key player statistics, recent team performances, and a final prediction for the game.

 

Team Analysis

Washington Wizards

Currently occupying the fifth spot in the Southeast, the Wizards face a formidable challenge against the Nets. Despite their 2-16 record in conference games, recent performances suggest they have the potential to keep the game competitive.

Player Spotlight: Deni Avdija

Deni Avdija, averaging 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.9 assists, plays a significant role for the Wizards. Alongside Kyle Kuzma, who averages 22.3 points over the last 10 games, they form a crucial part of the team's offensive strategy.

 

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets, positioned fourth in the Atlantic, enter the game with a 10-8 record against Eastern Conference opponents. However, they are 5-7 against teams with a winning record.

Player Spotlight: Mikal Bridges

Mikal Bridges, averaging 23.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and four assists, is a key player for the Nets. Spencer Dinwiddie, with an average of 18.2 points over the last 10 games, provides additional offensive firepower.

 

Game Insights

The Wizards aim to capitalize on the Nets' defensive vulnerabilities, as they allow an average of 125.4 points per game. With an average of 12.2 made 3-pointers, the Wizards look to exploit the 13.8 per game the Nets concede.

The two teams met earlier this season, with the Nets securing a 102-94 victory on Nov. 12. Mikal Bridges led the Nets with 27 points, while Bilal Coulibaly scored 20 points for the Wizards.

Top Performers

Key performers for the upcoming game include Mikal Bridges and Spencer Dinwiddie for the Nets, while Deni Avdija and Kyle Kuzma play crucial roles for the Wizards.

Recent Performances

In their last 10 games, the Nets hold a 6-4 record, averaging 119.9 points, 48.2 rebounds, and 26.1 assists per game. The Wizards, in contrast, have struggled with a 1-9 record, averaging 119.2 points, 38.5 rebounds, and 28.6 assists per game.

Injuries

Both teams are dealing with injuries. Nets' players Noah Clowney, Dariq Whitehead, Lonnie Walker IV, and Ben Simmons are either day-to-day or out. Wizards' players Johnny Davis, Landry Shamet, Ryan Rollins, and Delon Wright are also dealing with various injuries.

 

Prediction

Despite the Wizards' challenging season, recent games indicate their ability to keep it close. With key players stepping up, Washington is poised to cover the +9.5 points spread against the Nets.

 

Pick: Washington Wizards to Cover +9.5

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