There isn’t a team in the league that’s dealt with the type of drama that the Brooklyn Nets have over the last few weeks, but Steve Nash’s club has to find a way to lock in and beat the Washington Wizards on Thursday. The Nets have lost nine games in a row coming into this one, so they have to be feeling some desperation now.
Will Brooklyn get back in the win column in D.C.? You’ll want to keep reading our Nets vs. Wizards NBA picks and predictions for Thursday, February 10 to find out.
(Editor's Note: This preview was published prior to Thursday afternoon's announcements that the Nets had traded James Harden and the Wizards had traded Spencer Dinwiddie and Montrezl Harrell.)
Nets vs Wizards odds
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The Wizards opened as 2.5-point favorites against the shorthanded Nets, and they’re now laying 3 at quite a few sportsbooks. Meanwhile, the total in this one opened at 217 and is now up to 218.5 in some places.
Nets vs Wizards predictions
Predictions made on 2/10/2022 at 12:15 p.m. ET.
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Nets vs Wizards game info
• Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
• Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
• Tip-off: 7:30 p.m. ET
• TV: TNT
Nets vs Wizards betting preview
Nets: Kyrie Irving G (Probable), Nicolas Claxton C (Questionable), LaMarcus Aldridge C (Out), Paul Millsap F (Out), Kevin Durant G (Out), Joe Harris F (Out).
Wizards: Daniel Gafford C (Questionable), Bradley Beal G (Out).
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Nets vs Wizards picks and predictions
Our predictions are compiled from the analysis of the spread and total and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
Our best bet is the play that we like the most for this game, which we would actually put some of our bankroll behind.
The Nets have gone through a lot in the last few weeks, as they are currently banged up and they’ve also been dealing with James Harden trade rumors. Brooklyn comes into this meeting with a mediocre Washington team after having lost nine games in a row, and Irving will be the only superstar to take the floor for the Nets in this one. Even against a Wizards team that will be without Beal, that’s just not enough.
Brooklyn is currently playing with a roster full of guys that can’t crack the team’s real rotation, and that’s going to make it very hard for Irving to find somebody he relies on this game. He’s going to throw on his do-it-yourself kit in this one, which will make it easy for the Wizards to come up with a game plan. Washington will send help in Irving’s direction when he gets into the paint, and the team will live with Brooklyn’s other players taking open shots.
The Wizards will still have guys like Spencer Dinwiddie, Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell out there tonight. None of them are individually as good as Irving, but with a supporting cast that includes Rui Hachimura, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Deni Avdija and Corey Kispert, Washington is just the much deeper team right now. That is going to make a huge difference in a game in which Brooklyn is facing so much uncertainty.
Prediction: Wizards -2.5 (-110)
The Nets are averaging just 99.5 points per game over their last four contests, so this isn’t a team that is playing well on the offensive end. Having Irving out there for a road game certainly helps, as Brooklyn didn’t have him in a 99-point performance against Boston last game. But it’s still hard to envision things changing all that drastically. The Under is also 7-1 in the last eight games in which the Nets have allowed 125 or more points in their previous game.
The Wizards have also been playing some low-scoring games of their own recently. The Under is 4-1 in the last five Wiz games, and it’s also 7-2 in the last nine games in which Washington is coming off of a loss.
Prediction: Under 218.5 (-110)
The Nets are an unbelievable team on paper, but this current team is not the one that people expected to see this season. Overall, Brooklyn is a complete mess at the moment. And until things start to improve, it’s not a bad move to fade Nash’s squad on a nightly basis.
While Irving will do his best to put up a fight in this one, the Wizards have a rotation full of proven NBA players. That will be enough for Washington to ultimately take care of business against a Brooklyn squad that has too many green players playing big minutes. It’s best not to overthink this one.
Pick: Wizards -2.5 (-110)
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