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Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards Live Game Thread: You’re gonna get tired of all the winning

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WHO: Brooklyn Nets (11-18) vs. Washington Wizards (11-17)

WHAT: The Nets are going for their fourth straight win, as they take on a beatable Washington Wizards team.

WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST

HOW: YES, NBCSWA+; NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Game Preview

It is mid-December and the Nets have won three straight and are two games out of the playoffs. As bizarre as it might seem, that eight-game losing streak barely set them back in the standings and looking at the landscape at the bottom of the East, it isn’t inconceivable to imagine the Nets making a run and positioning themselves in the bottom of the playoff seeding. Wild.

One of the teams standing between Brooklyn and that eighth seed is the Washington Wizards, who come to town Friday night to play the Nets for the third time already this season, with the first two match-ups having been split. The Wizards have lost three straight, are as much of a mess as ever, and very well might be the fourth straight victims of the reinvigorated Brooklyn Basketball Franchise. Let’s get into it.

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The Barclays Center doesn’t have a reputation as a difficult place to play, but the Wizards have had more than their fair share of struggles there recently. They went 0-2 there last season and are only 5-3 there over the past four seasons, which is a bit surprising considering the Nets’ issues over the last half-decade. Even in the team’s wins, they haven’t looked great. Four of the five were single-digit wins, including an overtime win 2017.

Last season was exceptionally rough for Washington. They lost a tough one in overtime and then followed it up with a 35-point loss ten days later.

What made last season’s losses especially rough was that the Wizards were perceived to be on a much higher level than the Nets. Now, that distinction isn’t so clear. Washington is only a half-game up on Brooklyn in the standings heading into this game. The winner will take sole possession of tenth place in the Eastern Conference.