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The Brooklyn Nets are in Washington tonight to take on the Washington Wizards, who have lost three of their first four games. The Wizards are led by John Wall, but have a solid overall starting five, boasting sophomore Bradley Beal and veterans Trevor Ariza, Nene, and Marcin Gortat. The Nets and Wizards are historically intertwined for reasons I rambled about this morning.
The Nets can expect a healthy dosage of boos for one of their bench players, Andray Blatche, who, uh, Wizards fans don't like very much.
When & Where: 7 P.M. EST, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Watch: YES Network
Listen: CBS 880 AM
Injury report: Nets forward Paul Pierce is a game-time decision after missing shootaround with an illness. He's officially listed in the starting lineup. Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor aren't injured, but they've been sent to Springfield to go through training camp with the team's D-League affiliate, Springfield Armor. That means the Nets may only dress 12 tonight.
Our roundtable on tonight's X-Factors below:
The good folks over at ESPN TrueHoop Washington Wizards blog Truth About It asked me a few questions about the state of the Brooklyn Nets, and how they match up with the Wizards.
A snippet of our conversation:
T.A.I.: The Nets are 2-2. From where I’m sitting, that looks pretty, pretty good. But I imagine fans of the team weren’t well pleased with losses to Cleveland and Orlando. What about those matchups was dangerous for Brooklyn? Was there any basketball narrative parallelism between the wins against Miami and Utah?
@uuords: The Cleveland game I’m throwing out—the Nets lost by four points to a lower-seed playoff team without Kirilenko and with their best player (Williams) sitting the entire fourth quarter. It’s a different game if Alan Anderson doesn’t have to run point. The Magic game was just plain weird—the entire roster looked like it had just gotten off the plane ten minutes before game time and played listless against a young, athletic team. That’s part of what worries me with teams like the Wizards—John Wall and Bradley Beal present a matchup not dissimilar from Victor Oladipo and Arron Afflalo, while the Wizards bigs are good enough to give the Nets fits if they’re still treating road games like off nights. As for Miami and Utah, I’ll say that the Nets played almost exactly as well on both nights, which is good enough to beat the defending champs by one and a rebuilding Utah franchise to smithereens.
We also do over-unders, including how many young ladies named Anastasiya, Natalya, Oksana, or Svetlana will sit in the owner’s box this season. Check out the full post here.
Wizards starting Wall, Temple, Martin, Book and Okafor tonight. Nets have Watson, Brooks, Blatche, Wallace and Humphries going at the tip.
— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) April 15, 2013
NETS GAME. Time to see my scrubs light it up
— ACY$T (@KeeganCarl) April 15, 2013
PJ is resting the big 3 tonight. For once I actually agree with one of his moves. #Nets
— Julissa (@JULEZ_91) April 15, 2013
Blatche is gonna have so much fun tonight against his former team. #Nets
— FromRussiaWithDunk (@FromRussiaWDunk) April 15, 2013
I've seen a lot of meaningless Nets games in my life. This one will take the cake. Tip-off at 7:30.
— Alex Raskin (@alexraskinNYC) April 15, 2013
With just two games left until the regular season closes, the 47-33 Brooklyn Nets will likely rest their best players en route to the playoffs, but our contest plugs on: another chance to extend your streak in "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak predicting how well the Nets will do in each game for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
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That Nets introduction was absolutely pathetic
— Joemag (@joemags14) March 9, 2013
— Moke Hamilton (@MokeHamilton) March 9, 2013
— Nicholas Battaglia (@N14Nicholas) March 9, 2013
Brooklyn Nets should just break that team up and start again, if a championship is their aim. That team isn't winning a damn thing.
— Kunta Kuti King (@TheThoughtsOfJA) March 9, 2013
@brooklynnets Please bring back Sly. BrooklyKnight is brutal! Surely, I can't be the only one who thinks this. Go Nets!
— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) March 9, 2013
— Jack keary (@Jkeary15) March 9, 2013
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Tonight: The 35-26 Brooklyn Nets, fresh off a second-half beatdown of the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, return to Brooklyn to host the 19-40 Washington Wizards. The Wizards most recently dropped a contest to the Minnesota Timberwolves 87-82, but are 8-5 in their last 13 games, including victories over the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, and yes, a laugher over the Brooklyn Nets.
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Watch & Listen: Tonight's game is broadcast on YES Network. Chris Carrino and Greg Anthony are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
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The 35-26 Brooklyn Nets have split the first two games against the 19-40 Washington Wizards, winning an overtime game in Brooklyn and losing a laugher in Washington that Billy King was able to witness firsthand. The series returns to Brooklyn tonight, and in honor of the final matchup of the season between these two teams, here's three things I think you guys should pay close attention to.... MORE →
The Brooklyn Nets take on the Washington Wizards tonight, and you know what that means: the next round of "The BK Game Streak," where you can build a streak predicting how well the Nets will do in each game for a chance to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!
The game is as simple as it sounds:
1. The contest relies on a standard betting line for each game. (Note: you must be logged into Facebook to play.) To make your prediction, select YES or NO to agree or disagree. For example: today's line is "Brooklyn will beat Washington by 6 or more points." If you think the Nets will win by six or more, select "YES." if you think the Nets will win by five or less, or Washington will win, select "NO."... MORE →