Brooklyn visits Washington, looks to end road slide
Brooklyn Nets (29-25, eighth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (24-29, 11th in the Eastern Conference)
Washington; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Brooklyn visits Washington looking to break its six-game road skid.
The Wizards are 17-18 against Eastern Conference opponents. Washington is third in the NBA with 50.6 points in the paint led by Bradley Beal averaging 10.2.
The Nets have gone 20-10 against Eastern Conference opponents. Brooklyn is fifth in the Eastern Conference scoring 110.9 points per game and is shooting 46.8%.
The two teams square off for the third time this season. The Nets defeated the Wizards 119-118 in their last meeting on Jan. 20. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 30 points, and Beal led the Wizards with 23 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Beal is averaging 23.2 points and 6.6 assists for the Wizards. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.0 points over the last 10 games for Washington.
James Harden is averaging 22.5 points, eight rebounds and 10.2 assists for the Nets. Irving is averaging 24.0 points over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
LAST 10 GAMES: Wizards: 2-8, averaging 102.1 points, 43.4 rebounds, 23.5 assists, 5.7 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.4 points per game.
Nets: 1-9, averaging 107.1 points, 43.6 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 6.3 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 44.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.6 points.
INJURIES: Wizards: Daniel Gafford: out (health and safety protocols), Bradley Beal: out for season (wrist).
Nets: Nic Claxton: out (hamstring), Joe Harris: out (ankle), Kyrie Irving: out (ineligible to play), Kevin Durant: out (knee), James Harden: out (hamstring), LaMarcus Aldridge: out (ankle), Paul Millsap: out (personal).