Thursday, March 23 2023

The Brooklyn Nets aim to maintain a top-four spot in the Eastern Conference when they host the Washington Wizards on Saturday. Brooklyn is 31-20 overall and 15-8 at Barclays Center this season. Washington, facing the second night of a back-to-back with travel, is 12-16 on the road in 2022-23. Kevin Durant (knee) is out for the Nets, with Ben Simmons (knee) and T.J. Warren (shin) listed as questionable. It’s the first game for Brooklyn since star Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade. Washington’s injury report is yet to be determined on the back-to-back. 

Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET in Brooklyn. Caesars Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as a 2-point home favorite, while the over/under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 230 in the latest Wizards vs. Nets odds. Before making any Nets vs. Wizards picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven model

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four-plus seasons. The model enters Week 16 of the 2022-23 NBA season on a stunning 49-23 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning nearly $2,300. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Wizards and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Wizards vs. Nets:

  • Nets vs. Wizards spread: Nets -2
  • Nets vs. Wizards over/under: 230 points
  • Nets vs. Wizards money line: Nets -130, Wizards +110
  • WASH: The Wizards are 7-2 against the spread with no rest
  • BKN: The Nets are 10-12-1 against the spread in home games
  • Nets vs. Wizards picks: See picks at SportsLine
Featured Game | Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards

Why the Wizards can cover

Washington has strong balance on the offensive end of the floor, including three 20-point scorers, and the Wizards are in the top 10 of the NBA in field goal percentage and ball security this season. The Wizards should also have the chance to make a dent on the offensive glass, with the Nets entering Saturday with the worst defensive rebound rate (68.8%) in the NBA. 

Washington is in the top five of the league in field goal percentage allowed, 2-point percentage allowed, assists allowed and blocked shots, and the Wizards hold opponents to fewer than 23 free throw attempts per game. The Wizards are also facing a Nets team that is last in the NBA in offensive rebound rate (22.5%) and second-worst in the league in free throw creation with fewer than 21 attempts per game.

Why the Nets can cover

The Nets are excellent at Barclays Center. Brooklyn is 15-8 at home this season, and the Nets are out-scoring opponents by 5.5 points per 100 possessions. That includes a very strong mark in offensive efficiency, and Brooklyn is holding opponents to just 1.11 points per possession on defense in home games. The Nets are known for offensive firepower, but Brooklyn’s defense is above-average this season, yielding 112.9 points per 100 possessions. The Nets lead the NBA in 2-point percentage allowed (50.5%) and blocked shots (6.8 per game), with a top-five mark in opponent field goal percentage (45.5%). 

Opponents produce only 23.2 assists per game against the Nets this season, and Brooklyn gives up fewer than 49 points in the paint per game. Brooklyn is also in a favorable position against a Wizards team on the second night of a back-to-back, and Washington is below the NBA average in offensive rebound rate, 3-point accuracy, and free throw accuracy in 2022-23.

How to make Wizards vs. Nets picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 234 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 60% of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Nets vs. Wizards? And which side of the spread hits well over 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.



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