The Brooklyn Nets welcome the Washington Wizards to Barclays Center for an Eastern Conference tilt on Friday. The Nets are 7-5 at home and 11-9 overall this season, with the Wizards bringing a dismal 3-17 record, including a 2-10 mark on the road. Ben Simmons (back) and Lonnie Walker IV (hamstring) are out of action for Brooklyn. Landry Shamet (rib), Delon Wright (knee), and Johnny Davis (calf) are out for Washington, with Daniel Gafford (ankle) listed as questionable.
For this game, SportsLine consensus lists the Nets as 9.5-point favorites, and tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 239.5 in the latest Wizards vs. Nets odds. Before making any Nets vs. Wizards picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation 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 five-plus seasons. The model enters Week 7 of the 2023-24 NBA season on a sizzling 92-50 roll on all top-rated NBA picks dating back to last season, returning nearly $4,000. 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:
- Wizards vs. Nets spread: Nets -9.5
- Wizards vs. Nets over/under: 239.5 points
- Wizards vs. Nets money line: Nets -454, Wizards +350
- WASH: The Wizards are 8-4 against the spread in road games
- BKN: The Nets are 9-2-1 against the spread in home games
- Wizards vs. Nets picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why the Wizards can cover
Washington has strong offensive characteristics this season. The Wizards are in the top five of the NBA in field goal percentage (48.7%) and 2-point percentage (56.5%), with Washington creating more than 28 assists per game. Kyle Kuzma leads the way with 23.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, and Washington is No. 2 in the league in fast break points (17.4 per game) and points in the paint (57.5 per game). Washington takes care of the ball at an elite level, committing a turnover on only 13.0% of offensive possessions, and Brooklyn is the NBA's worst team at forcing turnovers on defense.
The Nets create only 11.4 turnovers per game and also rank last with only 6.1 steals per contest. On the other end, Washington does a solid job at creating havoc, forcing 15.3 turnovers per game and generating 8.1 steals per contest on defense. The Wizards are also above-average in preventing fast break points (13.7 per game), and the Nets are near the bottom of the NBA in free throw creation, averaging only 20.1 attempts per game. See which team to pick here.
Why the Nets can cover
Mikal Bridges leads a prolific Nets offense this season. Bridges is coming off a 32-point performance in Atlanta on Wednesday, and he converted the game-winning jump shot in that contest. Bridges is also averaging 28.9 points on 52.6% shooting over the last seven games, and he is the best offensive player on a team that is scoring more than 1.17 points per possession this season. The Nets are in the top five of the NBA in 3-pointers (15.1 per game) and 3-point percentage (39.1%), with top-10 marks in offensive rebound rate (30.7%) and turnover avoidance (13.5 per game).
This is also a juicy matchup for Brooklyn's offense, as Washington is struggling mightily on defense. The Wizards rank dead-last in the NBA in multiple defensive categories, including field goal percentage allowed, 2-point percentage allowed, and assists allowed. Washington is also the worst rebounding team in the league, and opponents are scoring more than 1.2 points per possession against the Wizards. See which team to pick here.
How to make Nets vs. Wizards picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Under on the point total, projecting 227 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 60% of simulations. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Wizards vs. Nets, and which side of the spread hits in well over 60% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Nets vs. Wizards spread you need to jump on , all from the model that is on an 92-50 roll on top-rated NBA picks, and find out.