When: Monday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Bradley Beal (Knee, Day-to-day); Cassius Winston (Hamstring, Day-to-day); Rui Hachimura (Non-Injury Related, Out); Anthony Gil (Calf, Day-to-day); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Nets: Kyrie Irving (NYC coronavirus vaccine mandate, Out)
The Washington Wizards (2-0) are off to a great start, winning their first two games. Even without Bradley Beal, who sat out of Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers with a right hip contusion, the team was able to pull off a 1-point overtime win. Spencer Dinwiddie and Kyle Kuzma came up big with 34 and 26 points respectively. Coming off the bench, Raul Neto followed with 18 points.
The Wizards are facing the Brooklyn Nets (1-1) on the road Monday evening. The Nets are being led offensively by Kevin Durant and James Harden who have averaged 30.5 and 20 points in their first few games. Wizards should keep their eyes on Patty Mills and LaMarcus Aldridge, who are showing the most offensive consistency for their team. Mills, who is averaging 16 points per game, is shooting 68.8 percent from the field while Aldridge, who is averaging 12 points, is shooting an impressive 71.4 percent.
It will be a back-to-back game for Brooklyn so if the Wizards are looking to truly compete they need to come out of the gate running. It’s unclear if Beal will play Monday night but even if he doesn’t the Wizards should be able to hold their own. They’ll need to take care of the ball, limit their turnovers and improve on the defensive end.