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Wizards vs. Nets preview: Washington looks to solve woes in Brooklyn

NBA: Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Friday, December 14 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
TV: NBC Sports Washington Plus

Injury Report

Wizards: Otto Porter Jr. (Questionable, Knee), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)

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

What to Watch for

Can Washington solve their woes in Brooklyn?

The Barclays Center doesn’t have a reputation as a difficult place to play, but the Wizards have had more than their fair share of struggles there recently. They went 0-2 there last season and are only 5-3 there over the past four seasons, which is a bit surprising considering the Nets’ issues over the last half-decade. Even in the team’s wins, they haven’t looked great. Four of the five were single-digit wins, including an overtime win 2017.

Last season was exceptionally rough for Washington. They lost a tough one in overtime and then followed it up with a 35-point loss ten days later.

What made last season’s losses especially rough was that the Wizards were perceived to be on a much higher level than the Nets. Now, that distinction isn’t so clear. Washington is only a half-game up on Brooklyn in the standings heading into this game. The winner will take sole possession of tenth place in the Eastern Conference.

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