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Gameday: Wizards vs. Nets – “It’s going to be a war”

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Nets (33-30) at Wizards(34-31)

March 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 106.7FM The Fan

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Projected starting lineups:

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C- Marcin Gortat
PF- Trevor Booker
SF- Trevor Ariza
SG- Bradley Beal
PG- John Wall

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C- Mason Plumlee
PF- Joe Johnson
SF- Paul Pierce
SG- Shaun Livingston
PG- Deron Williams

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First meeting since..

December 18, 2013 @ Barclays Center

John Wall vs. Deron Williams: The hierarchy of the NBA’s class of point guards. Their battle back in December was not a dissatisfying one as both players led their squads down to the wire in a 113-107 win for the Wizards. Wall had 21 to lead seven Wizards players in double figures. Williams dished out 13 dimes to go with his 15 points.

The X-factor for the Wizards: Nene coming off the bench for 17 points, spelling Trevor Booker who grabbed 13 boards.

The Wizards led the Nets in every statistical category by dominating the boards, earning more trips to the line and winning the transition game.

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“It’s going to be a war.”

— Randy Wittman

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[Maddie Meyer/Getty Images]

With just a fraction of a percentage (.001 to be exact) separating these two teams in the Eastern conference standings and with just over a dozen games remaining on the schedule how can this not be warfare?

In a comparison chart provided by SBNation’s Nets Daily, the proximity of the stats in most categories are pretty evident.

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Of course the Nets have recently turnt up their game, winning seven of their last eight including a dramatic win over Miami a few nights ago. What’s changed for Brook-nam? The small ball lineup and the defensive intensity that has resulted from it. With KG out dealing with back spasms, the Nets have inserted rookie Mason Plumlee in their lineup along with Paul Pierce and three guards in Joe Johnson, D-Will, and Shaun Livingston. In the last five games alone, the Nets have created 118 turnovers.

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A good sign: Bradley Beal testing ankle during pre-game shootaround. He is listed as a game-time decision.

[via @adammcginnis Vine]

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