Teams that have a hard time getting in the win column of late meet when the Brooklyn Nets take on the Washington Wizards in a key NBA Eastern Conference matchup on Thursday night. The Nets (29-25) have lost nine in a row, while the Wizards (24-29) have lost two straight and eight of nine.
Tip-off from Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Washington is favored by 1.5 points in the latest Nets vs. Wizards odds from Caesers Sportsbook, while the Over-Under is set at 218 (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our NBA odds page).
The Nets will again be without power forward Kevin Durant (knee), center LaMarcus Aldridge (ankle) and small forward Joe Harris (left ankle), while James Harden was traded on Thursday to Philadelphia. The Wizards will be without shooting guard Bradley Beal (left wrist) and center Daniel Gafford (protocols) while Washington traded away Montrezl Harrell, Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.
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The model knows despite missing their top player in Beal, Washington still has a lot of firepower, led by small forward Kyle Kuzma. In 50 starts this season, Kuzma is averaging 16.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He has a career-high 20 double-doubles this season, including in 12 of the last 21 games. He scored 27 points and a career-high 22 rebounds on Jan. 9 at Orlando, becoming the first Wizards player since Antawn Jamison (Jan. 30, 2010) to record a 20-20 game.
The model also knows Brooklyn still has a solid roster despite missing a good chunk of their lineup due to injury. Point guard Kyrie Irving is coming off a 27-point, 11-assist effort in his last game at Denver on Sunday. He also had five rebounds, three blocks and one steal. For the season, Irving is averaging 23.2 points, 5.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds. In one meeting against Washington this year, he scored 30 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed three rebounds.
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