When: Sunday, January 3 at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington and NBA TV
Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie (Knee, Out); Nicolas Claxton (Knee, Out)
Washington is coming off their first win of the season after going on a five-game losing streak. They defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-109 after all Wizards’ starters were in double figures. As for the Nets, they’re currently sitting at 3-3.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are really bringing the heat this season so Washington will have their work cut out for them. Russell Westbrook didn’t play the last game due to rest so it’s possible we’ll see him on Sunday evening. For the Wizards it’s a matter of lineup strategy. If it works then keep it coming because making random changes and just giving away minutes to anyone won’t work.
Having Westbrook alongside Bradley Beal and Rui Hachimura can bring some definite explosiveness to the offense and allow them to compete with Durant and Irving. The Wizards will also have to control the paint on both sides of the ball. Thomas Bryant has been mediocre this season, some good and bad days, but backup Robin Lopez hasn’t exactly excelled. Be prepared for the Nets to capitalize on that.