4* HEAVY HITTER on Washington Wizards +
Brooklyn vs. Washington,
02/08/2013 19:00 EDT,
Score: 74 - 89
Point Spread: +1/-105 Washington
The Nets roll into this game at 29-20 while the Wizards are only 13-35, but Washington has really buckled down against good teams this year, going 16-7 ATS versus teams with a winning record. Plus they are 15-5 ATS against teams who have won between 51%-60% of their games the last two years.
Washington has been a different team since getting John Wall back. The Wizards are 9-7 over their last 16 games after starting the year just 4-28 and the odds makers haven't really caught up to how much better this team is as evidenced by their 13-3 ATS record during that stretch. The Nets only beat the Wizards in Washington by two in one of Washington's last games before getting Wall back, and I don't think they are going to pick up another win tonight with him in the lineup.
Brooklyn likes to shoot the three, hoisting 22 shots per game behind the arc, but they only make 34.8% of those attempts while their opponents normally allow 35.4%. This plays right into the Wizards strength as they are 23-11 ATS this year against opponents who attempt 18 or more 3's per game this year. Mainly, it's because they have held opponents shooting 36% from deep to only hit 34.3% against them.