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Wizards vs. Nets preview: Washington aims to crack the code against Brooklyn

Washington Wizards v Brooklyn Nets Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Game Info

When: Saturday, January 13 at 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: The Wizards have a 71 percent chance of winning according to Kevin Broom’s win predictor and a 78 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)

Nets: DeMarre Carroll (Questionable, Knee), Jeremy Lin (Out, Knee), D’Angelo Russell (Out, Knee)

What to Watch For

Will the third time be the charm for Washington?

The Nets handed the Wizards two of their worst losses of the season. They beat Washington 103-98 in a game where Bradley Beal was 11-for-33 from the field and no other Wizard scored more than 12 points. When they faced off again just over a week later, with John Wall back in the lineup, things went even worse. Washington shot a wretched 36 percent from the field and wound up losing by 35 in arguably their worst loss of the season.

Brooklyn is nowhere near Washington talent-wise, but they use a lot of movement on both ends to bridge the gap. They’re the second-best team in the NBA at contesting shots this season on the defensive end, and they know how to keep the ball moving around to create space when they can’t get past people off-the-dribble.

It sounds simple enough, but it’s helped the Nets get the job done in the first two meetings. If Washington wants to avoid a three-game losing streak to the Nets, they’ll have to find a way to match that activity level on both ends.

A random highlight in Wizards - Nets history: John Wall threading the needle against two former Wizards

Granted, Bojan Bogdanovic wasn’t a former Wizard when this play happened, but he is now so it counts.