Wizards try to go 6 for 7 at home against Brooklyn
Coming off a 14-point win against the Charlotte Hornets in an emotional game on Thursday night honoring Kobe and Gianna Bryant, the Wizards (16-31) are trying to win six of seven games at home against Kyrie Irving’s Brooklyn Nets (21-26). Coming off a two-game winning streak, Brooklyn sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but the Wizards can even their home record tonight at 8 pm at Capital One Arena.
Guard Bradley Beal (averaging 28.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.4 assists in 40 games) has carried the team in the absence of forward Rui Hachimura. Beal has averaged 39 points over his last four games and scored 34 in the win against Charlotte. He also made 14 of 15 shots from the free throw line and became the first Wizard since John Wall, seven years ago, to attempt 50 free throws over three games. Hachimura is expected to return tonight, taking some pressure off Beal.
The Nets are also coming off an intense week, after having beaten Chicago Friday night, 133-118, with Irving scoring 54 points, going 10 for 10 from the court during the first half, a feat only matched by Yao Ming and Penny Hardaway during the last 20 seasons. With the Wizards standing in fourth place in the NBA in points per game with nearly 116 and at the bottom in overall defensive rating, something has to give–but at a 16-31 record, Washington fans can take heart that a turnaround is possible.