Washington (45-33) at Brooklyn (36-42)
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
April 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
April 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Tale of the Tape
[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]NETS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]45-33[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]36-42/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]98.6[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]98.2[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]97.3[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]101.2[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Won 4[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost 1[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Won at Sixers 119-90[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost vs. Hawks 114-111[/ezcol_1third_end]
Last time they met was..
February 8, 2015 @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC – Wizards 114, Nets 77
From the Crystal Ball
What to Watch: The Nets rival the Hornets in the “contagiously painful to watch” teams. They play at the 7th slowest pace in the league, and their colors and arena make it feel even slower.
Thus, let’s take this opportunity to talk about watching the Eastern Conference as a whole. In case you haven’t noticed, crazy things have been happening. About 7-10 days ago, the Raptors and Bulls were battling it out for the 3rd seed, the Bulls had dropped to 4th (yay!), the Heat were firmly locked in the 7 spot (LeBron vs. Wade and Miami in round one!), and the Wizards were a 100% lock to be in fifth.
Today? The Celtics would be in the 8th spot if the playoffs started today (Brad Stevens Effect!), the Heat would be out, the Raptors have fallen behind the Bulls again (noo!), and the boring Nets would be getting swept by the Hawks. Which bring us to…
Key matchup: Wizards vs. Raptors for home court.
Yup, home court is still in the picture! Don’t start praying for the Bulls too soon. With the Raptors in the midst of an extended post All-Star swoon, the Wizards are suddenly back on the Raptor’s heels battling for the 4-spot in the Eastern Conference. Admittedly, the Verizon Center doesn’t exactly scream “deafening crowd” or “tremendous energy.” The Verizon Center doesn’t actually really scream at all. BUT the Toronto crowd does! So avoiding their home court advantage might just be a huge indirect home court advantage. Winning against this Brooklyn team could go a long way toward doing just that.
X-factor: Streaking Nets. The Nets have pushed their way into the eight slot by winning seven of their last nine games entering this week. How? Brook Lopez.
Brook Lopez last 9 games: 25.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.6 blocks, 61% FG.
Those are the kind of numbers that make Brook Lopez so confounding. He goes through stretches of offensive dominance that makes him impossible to trade, or impossible NOT to try to trade for, but definitely overpaid. The potential is scary. When he lives up to the potential, the Nets are a different team, an 8-2 team and legitimate threat to beat any team on any night. Right now, Brook Lopez is in one of those stretches. Let’s hope it ends soon (like it usually does).
Fun factor(s): Deron Williams. Remember when he used to be good?! Hahaha. Good times.
Prediction: Wizards win 5th straight and get all Wizards fans hopes up again for hosting a round one playoff series, right before destroying that hope in the most #SoWizards of ways.