Brooklyn Nets vs Washington Wizards 2/10/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions

Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards Matchup Preview (2/10/22)

On Thursday night, Washington hosts Brooklyn in a matchup between two free-falling teams in the Eastern Conference. The Nets have lost nine straight games, including matchups against the Denver Nuggets (twice), Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Lakers. This can be partially attributed to the loss of Kevin Durant, who has missed time since mid-January due to a knee injury, but it also is because of a lack of winning culture and bench depth. James Harden has been mentioned in trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers and will likely not be playing in this game due to a hamstring injury that has nagged him for roughly a year. Luckily for the Nets, they will have Kyrie Irving in the lineup since it is an away game, but whether that will be enough to get a road win is to be determined.

Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards are not faring much better than the Nets recently. After a solid start to the season that found the Wizards in first place in the East, they have tumbled to 11th place and are not far from finding themselves in 12th. Washington has dropped eight of its past nine games, with its only win surprisingly coming against the Philadelphia 76ers. Additionally, the Wizards will be without Bradley Beal for the rest of the season after injuring his wrist, so things will likely not get better for them this season. Check out further analysis of the best bets for this game as well as where I think it will end up!

Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards Betting Odds

This is one of those games where I would stay away from betting it at all costs, but if I was a betting degenerate, or if someone is holding a gun to my head, I would lean towards the Nets against the spread. Assuming that Kyrie Irving plays, he should have no issue going nuclear on a very mediocre Wizards team that ranks 23rd in defensive efficiency and 18th in opponent 3P%. This should be the type of game where the team with the best player wins, which is undoubtedly in favor of the Brooklyn Nets.

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How To Watch

Date: 2/10/22
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Capital One Arena – Washington, D.C.
Channel: TNT

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Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup

PG: Patty Mills
SG: Kyrie Irving
SF: Cam Thomas
PF: Kessler Edwards
C: Blake Griffin

Brooklyn Nets Analysis

The Brooklyn Nets have been pathetic; there’s no way around it. They have dropped their past nine games, with most of them ending in double-digit differentials. The loss of Kevin Durant has left this team shell-shocked and unprepared. To make matters worse, they certainly are not deep enough to make up for his production off the bench. Currently, the Nets are starting two rookies, which is usually not a good sign for a team that was the preseason favorite to win the NBA Championship. They will have to try and break free from this slump until Kevin Durant returns and hold on because there is no clear direction without him. There have been talks of trading James Harden for Ben Simmons before tomorrow’s trade deadline; however, the validity of these claims is to be determined.

Washington Wizards Starting Lineup

PG: Spencer Dinwiddie
SG: Aaron Holiday
SF: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
PF: Kyle Kuzma
C: Thomas Bryant

Washington Wizards Analysis

The Washington Wizards will likely tank the rest of the year, even if it is unwillingly. With the loss of Bradley Beal, Washington will be a miserable basketball team, especially on the offensive end, where it ranks in the bottom ten in all major offensive statistical categories. Additionally, the Wizards rank 28th in the NBA in 3P% (three-point percentage), which is slightly better than the Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder. That is not the type of company you want to be in as an NBA team. Washington should mail it in this season, but it could still win the occasional game here and there; however, I think this will be one that the Nets come away with since Kyrie is playing.

Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards Daily Fantasy Picks

It’s hard to suggest any player from the Brooklyn Nets after their pathetic home performance against the Boston Celtics, where they let the C’s jump out to a 28-2 lead to begin the first quarter. Luckily, this game is an away game, so Kyrie Irving will play for Brooklyn. James Harden missed the game against Boston and is still day-to-day with that nagging hamstring injury. Regardless, Irving is a terrific play and has been exceptionally consistent despite his small sample size. His 25 points, six assists, and five rebounds over the past nine games prove that he still has All-Star capability. If Harden does miss this game, then Kyrie should score 30 points and put together a 30-5–5 game with relative ease. Consider Irving in DFS for this game against a miserable Wizards team that has plummeted in the Eastern Conference standings.

Before these past few games, Kyle Kuzma was the only player I could realistically advise on putting into your DFS lineup from the Washington Wizards. He has had a rough stretch in the past two games, scoring merely 12 and 9 points; however, before that, he was on fire, and we have to expect that will continue without Beal. Kuzma should be the primary scoring option for a Wizards team with very little good going for them. Before the last two games that Kuzma played, he averaged 23 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists in the previous 17 games, which are All-Star caliber stats from a player that the Lakers flat-out did not want. If he can get things going against an abysmal Nets defense, then he should be a terrific DFS play once again.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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