The Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets will meet for the third time this season. The first two went in favor of the Wizards, believe it or not, by a score of 123-122 and 149-146. James Harden was not present for either game. Kevin Durant is OUT again on Sunday evening, but Harden will be active against the Wizards.
It’s hard to believe that the Wizards beat the Nets twice this season. They’re a 15-25 team that doesn’t do a whole lot defensively. It’s also hard to believe that they recently ended a five-game losing streak against of all teams the Utah Jazz. The Wizards hadn’t won since March 10 before beating the Jazz on Thursday, 131-122.
After a 121-119 loss against the equally bad Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Wizards responded on a back-to-back to beat the Jazz. I don’t know if it’s a reflection of the Jazz facing some variance after their blazing hot first-half, the Jazz taking the Wizards lightly, or the Wizards going all out following a humiliating loss the night before. It’s probably a little bit of everything. The Jazz didn’t look so hot against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night either.
On the other side tonight, the Nets recently had a six-game winning streak come to an end. They were winners in six straight, along with wins in 14 of their previous 15 outings. Of all teams to end the streak for the Nets, it was the Orlando Magic by a score of 121-113. That was an off night for the Nets, as they didn’t get up to play following a 124-115 win against the Indiana Pacers.
The Nets enter Sunday evening with a record of 28-14. They’re gaining on the Philadelphia 76ers, but the Sixers have done a nice job of fending them off, for now at least. The 76ers have been without Joel Embiid, but holding up well in his absence. They blew out the Kings last night to build on their lead over the Nets by a full game. There was some funky line movement in that game, dropping from 7 all the way to 4 in some spots. It made little distance, as the 76ers covered every number on the board. Head below for our free Wizards vs. Nets pick on March 21, 2021.
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The Nets took their foot off the pedal for a minute against the Magic, but they’re still in great form at the moment. You can’t blame a team too harshly that was coming off a run of 14 wins in 15 attempts. That was an epic run for the Nets, and they could easily start a new winning streak on Sunday night. The Nets lead the NBA with 120.4 points per game.
They’re also converting a staggering 50% of their shots from the field, which is also first in the league. Playing tight defense against the Nets on the perimeter is required. However, that typically doesn’t go well for opponents even if they emphasize bothering the Nets from deep. The Nets are shooting 40% from three for second in the league. Note that Blake Griffin is listed as probable to play on Sunday.
The former Piston is expected to make his debut with the Nets in this contest. He isn’t the kind of player he was with the Clippers any longer, but in this offense, he’s not going to be depended on to be the go-to player. Griffin can play a secondary role behind the Big 3, and in the case for tonight without Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. While he didn’t flourish in Detroit, expect Griffin to fit into this high-flying attack in Brooklyn.
The Wizards are 30th in the NBA with 120.2 points against per game. Teams are shooting 38.4% from deep against the Wizards, which is 27th defensively versus the three ball. The Nets scored 146 points on the Wizards on January 31 and somehow still lost. Their defense let them down, and while it’s improved since January, there is room for improvement. The Nets are 27th in the league with 115.4 points conceded per game.
Expect Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal are going to be running and gunning again tonight. Fresh off a triple-double, look for Westbrook to put in another big showing against the Nets tonight. Note that the Wizards have netted 118.4 points per game in their last five games, and seventh overall with 115.2 points a game. Their defense needs a lot of work, but they can certainly score and keep games entertaining at least. I doubt we’re seeing another 149-146 game, but 129-122 looks more than doable in Brooklyn. I like the OVER to get there in this one.