Open thread: Regular season game 20

The essentials:
Nets (9-11) at Wizards (9-10)
7 p.m.
Verizon Center

Last year:
November 12: Nets 105, Wizards 93 (OT)
February 27: Nets 113, Wizards 103
April 7: Nets 120, Wizards 114 (OT)
April 10: Nets 96, Wizards 92

This Year:
November 8: Nets 87, Wizards 85

Notable Nets numbers this season (pound the salt):
22nd in expected winning percentage (.302).
24th in pace factor (89.1 possessions per game).
27th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (100.8)
26th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (107).
Notable Nets numbers last season
T14 in expected winning percentage (.506).
16th in pace factor (89.9 possessions per game).
15th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (108.0).
14th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (107.8).

Key links (drop any others in the comments)
Nets Daily.
Hooplah...Nation blog preview.
Competition discussion: New Jersey.
Eddie Jordan wants more rebounds.
Mister Irrelevant wants to decide on a nickname for Nick Young.  I'm still partial to Nick Skywalker, but they're all good.

Starting lineups:
PG: Jason Kidd.
SG: Vince Carter.
SF: Richard Jefferson.
PF: Nenad Kristic.
C: Jason Collins.

PG: Antonio Daniels
SG: DeShawn Stevenson
SF: Caron Butler
PF: Antawn Jamison
C: Brendan Haywood

Tonight's lines:
Nets at Wizards: Wizards by 2.5.
Over/Under on Big 2 scoring: 43.9 points.

To be honest, I have absolutely no idea how this game is going to turn out.  On one hand, the Nets and Wizards have very similar records, but New Jersey is a lot worse than their record would indicate.  As you can see up top, despite the fact they're only 2 games under .500, the Nets have an expected winning percentage of .302.  Even Richard Jefferson is baffled by the Nets record:

"It's a joke, the fact that we even have nine wins right now is amazing to me the way we've been playing. It seems we've been down double digits so many games. I don't know what to say."

Then again, as you can also see the Nets have won the last 5 against the Wizards because Jason Kidd always creates match-up problems and shoots well against us.  If the Wizards can't contain him then we're going to see a lot of what we saw on Friday, just at a much, much slower pace.

This is an open thread, so if you are on strike have a migraine that's going to keep you out of action tonight, let us know here.

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