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Brooklyn at Washington
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 16, 2018
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia

The league's most disappointing team over the first couple of weeks, the Washington Wizards suddenly are moving in the right direction. They will try to extend their first winning streak of the season to four games when they continue a five-game homestand against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

After a 2-9 start, Washington topped Miami on the road last weekend before opening the homestand with victories over Orlando and Cleveland, averaging 117.3 points during the streak. "We still have a lot of work to do -- we still have to get better," guard Bradley Beal told reporters after Wednesday's 119-95 win over the Cavaliers. "We're still not content with where we are. We put three (wins) together, but we still have a couple more at home that we have to take care of." The Wizards have been able to take advantage of a succession of sub-.500 opponents and the Nets fit the bill, having lost three straight with a 120-107 home loss to the Heat on Wednesday. In its first game since losing guard Caris LeVert to a foot injury, Brooklyn shot 40.2 percent from the floor while allowing Miami to hit on 54.1 percent of its shots.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, YES (Brooklyn), NBCS Washington

ABOUT THE NETS (6-9): Although Brooklyn was pleased to learn that LeVert may be able to return this season from a dislocated right foot, it knows there will be a long adjustment period without its leading scorer. "Just the significance of how the injury happened, him being the heart and soul of the team up until this point, our go-to scorer and facilitator," forward Joe Harris told reporters. "Then obviously just the energy and enthusiasm and leadership that he brings, that's a void we miss a lot and it is going to be an adjustment for us." Spencer Dinwiddie was the high scorer Wednesday with 18 points off the bench while Allen Crabbe started in place of LeVert and was held to six points before fouling out in 26 minutes.

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (5-9): Washington wasted little time establishing itself against the struggling Cavaliers by scoring 41 points in the first quarter and racing to a 73-52 halftime lead. "We did a good job of coming out there very aggressive on the defensive end," center Dwight Howard told the media. "We got a lot of stops early which allowed us to get a pretty good lead." Beal had a team-high 20 points while fellow guard John Wall collected nine assists and a pair of steals to make up for a season-low eight points.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Howard is averaging 12.6 points on 61.1 percent shooting in seven games since returning from a sore backside.

2. Nets PG D'Angelo Russell is shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range on the road, compared to 28.1 percent at home.

3. Brooklyn took the first two meetings at home last season before falling in overtime at Washington on Jan. 13.

PREDICTION: Wizards 114, Nets 106
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Brooklyn 6-9 L3 3-3 3-6 0-2 6-7 2-1 4-4
Washington 5-9 W3 3-3 2-6 0-0 5-9 2-2 4-3
Last Meeting
Brooklyn Washington
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/13/18 BK 113 WAS 119 113 47 42.4 119 47 49.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Brooklyn R. Hollis-Jefferson 22 60.0 4
Washington B. Beal 24 43.5 0
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Brooklyn D. Carroll 10 3 7
Washington M. Gortat 13 5 8
Assists Player  
Brooklyn C. LeVert 8
Washington J. Wall 16
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Brooklyn D. Russell 319 41.2 34
Washington B. Beal 380 46.6 59
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Brooklyn E. Davis 150 53 97
Washington J. Green 83 21 62
Assists Player  
Brooklyn D. Russell 91
Washington J. Wall 144
Quickchart Matchup
Brooklyn Brooklyn Off vs  Washington Washington Defense
Brooklyn Off vs Washington - Points For 109.0 Points For
Brooklyn Off vs Washington - Points Against 116.9 Points Against
Brooklyn - FG% 44.7 FG%
Washington - FG% 47.5 FG%
Brooklyn - Reb 43.7 Reb
Washington - Reb 47.7 Reb
Washington Washington Off vs  Brooklyn Brooklyn Defense
Washington Off vs Brooklyn - Points For 111.6 Points For
Washington Off vs Brooklyn - Points Against 110.7 Points Against
Washington - FG% 45.5 FG%
Brooklyn - FG% 46.6 FG%
Washington - Reb 40.4 Reb
Brooklyn - Reb 46.7 Reb