The Washington Wizards will host the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center on Saturday evening.
The Wizards (24-18) started their back-to-back with a convincing 125-119 win over the Orlando Magic, although it's fair to say that the Wizards suffered far more than expected in this game. Hadn't it been for the efforts of Bradley Beal and John Wall - as both scored 30 points - Washington could have lost against another inferior team, something that become a bit of a trend for them. The Wizards are 12-10 against teams below .500 this season, and that is an area they need to improve sooner than later. At the very least, the Wizards will host this game and they have looked quite solid at home this season with a 14-8 mark. They are 1-2 in their current five-game homestand that ends next Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Nets (16-26) are coming off a win as well, as they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 110-105 thanks to monster performances from Spencer Dinwiddie and Jahill Okafor. While the point guard came close to his first-career triple-double after registering 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, Okafor looked extremely productive off the bench since he finished with 17 points in 12 minutes off the bench. The Nets are 4-4 over their last 10 games, and they only need four more wins to match last season's mark. Brooklyn is 7-13 on the road, however, so they will need to be at their best if they want to get something out of this game. For what is worth, the Nets ended a three-game losing run with their win over the Hawks, and this game against Brooklyn is the second of a short two-game road trip.
This will be the third - and final - meeting between both teams this season. Brooklyn has won their prior two, which means they would swept the season series with another victory.