NBA Preview: Wizards Host Nets Wednesday

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When: Wednesday, January 19 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

How to see: NBC SportsWashington

How to listen: The team 980 AM, 106.7-2 FM

Wizard: none

Nets: Kevin Durant (Left Knee, Out); Nic Claxton (thigh, out); DeAndre Bembry (back, questionable); Paul Millsap (in person, out); Joe Harris (Ankle, Out)

The Washington Wizards (23-21) will be looking to build on their win over the Sixers when they play the Brooklyn Nets (27-16) at home on Wednesday night. They last faced each other on October 25, resulting in a 90-104 loss for Washington. This time around Brooklyn, who is 15-6 on the road and third overall in the Eastern Conference, will be without several key players like Kevin Durant and Joe Harris but will have to guard Kyrie Irving, who has qualified for his team’s away games since January 5th.

Wednesday is the 5th game of the season for the point guard, who is averaging 20 points and 5 assists per game. Irving had his best game late Monday night against the Cavaliers, recording 27 points from 50 percent of the field, 9 assists and 7 rebounds in 38 minutes on the floor. It will be interesting to see how Wizards fans react to him given the new DC vaccine mandate.

The Wizards will have their full roster and pick up a solid win over the 76ers last Monday. It was their bench that was impressive, scoring 68 points. Off the bench, Montrezl Harrell led with 18 points and 7 rebounds, Thomas Bryant with 15 points, Rui Hachimura and Corey Kispert with 11 each. It’s certainly nice to have Bradley Beal back in the rotation, but it was fun to see how Kyle Kuzma found a rhythm. This month alone, the small forward is averaging 24 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He’s had 10 double-doubles in his last 13 games.

The Wizards will be looking to win their second straight game Wednesday night, and if they play like they did against the Sixers, chances are they can do it.

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