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Wizards vs. Nets preview: Washington seeks redemption with Brooklyn in town

Brooklyn Nets v Washington Wizards Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Game Info

When: Saturday, December 1 at 7 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Out, Back)

Nets: Caris LeVert (Out, Foot), Treveon Graham (Out, Hamstring)

What to Watch for

Can Washington avoid another dud at home against the Nets?

The Wizards and Nets played a little over two weeks ago in Washington, and the Nets walked away with a convincing win. Brooklyn only won by 11, but led by a convincing margin for most of the second half before the Wizards made a pity run late in the game.

The sad thing for the Wizards was, the Nets didn’t even play that well. They only shot 42.5 percent from the field and 9-for-33 from beyond the arc. Washington just couldn’t get their offense going for anything. Dwight Howard had 25 points on 13 shots, but the rest of the team combined to score only 79 points on 74 shots.

The Nets aren’t a great defense — they’re currently 23rd in points allowed per 100 possessions — but they’re good at getting teams to shoot in the wrong spots. They force teams to shoot more mid-range shots per game than any other defense and fewer threes than any other team.

In fact, the Wizards themselves were held to their fewest 3-point attempts all season against Brooklyn. If Washington wants to flip the script in this meeting, they’ll have to avoid settling for what Brooklyn gives them and find ways to get what they want.

A random moment in Wizards - Nets history: Larry Brown gets very upset

This was after a preseason game.