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Wizards vs Nets preview: Washington will try to not get caught up in the Brooklyn hype

We finally get KD to DC just not in a Wizards jersey...

NBA: Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Sunday, January 31 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington and NBA TV

Injury Report

Wizards: Raul Neto (Groin, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)

Nets: Spencer Dinwiddie (Knee, Out); Nicolas Claxton (Knee, Out); James Harden (Thigh, Game-Time Decision); Norvel Pele (Non-injury, Game-Time Decision)

Pregame Notes

Some of the most notable teams being talked about in the Eastern Conference are the Philadelphia 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets and the Washington Wizards. Now two of those teams sit atop in the East while one team is at the bottom of the bunch. But despite how high one team is and how really low the other is, one remains undefeated in the season series and that’s Washington.

Yes although the Wizards only played the Nets once they were victorious as Bradley Beal scored 27 points and 10 rebounds in the 123-122 win. At that time though one of the biggest trades this season hadn’t occurred yet. About a week later the Nets traded for James Harden in a deal that included the Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is definitely a huge difference from when the Wizards played them on January 3.

Things are different for Brooklyn but pretty much the same for the Wizards as they’re currently on a four-game losing streak and Beal is the leading scorer in the league averaging 34.7 points per game (let’s make sure he’s an All-Star folks!).

Washington hasn’t been playing with a full roster after many players were under the health and safety protocol. That should change on Sunday, but only time will tell. It could make a slight difference for the Wizards, but serious doubt as defense isn’t exactly on Washington’s mind at all this season. And if they plan on stopping Kevin Durant (who is second in scoring), Kyrie Irving and Harden then now is the time to start thinking about some defensive measures.

Game time on Sunday is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and being televised on NBC Sports Washington as well as NBA TV.