Matchup: Washington Wizards (13-14) vs. Brooklyn Nets (8-21)
When: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. (TV: CSN+, CSNMidatlantic.com via NBC Sports Live Extra)
When last we met: First meeting this season
Streaks: The Wizards matched their season-high three-game winning streak with Wednesday's 100-91 victory over the Grizzlies as John Wall recorded his fourth straight double-double. ...After a mini-turnaround following an awful start, the Nets have lost six of seven including 119-118 in overtime against the Mavericks Wednesday, their fifth straight home loss.
Three things to watch
Temple of Boom: Garrett Temple typically provides the Wizards with strong defense and steady hand when he enters. Lately the veteran wing guard is providing scoring punch to Washington's offense. Before last Saturday's win over the Hornets, Temple ever scored 20 points in any NBA game. Since then, 21, 23 and 20, becoming the first player in league history to have three straight games with at least 20 points after not having any in his first 250+ games. Starting in place of the injured Beal, Temple is 10 of 22 (45.4) percent on 3-point attempts. That's miles better than his career rate of 32.2, but how many noticed his clip of 37.5 percent from beyond the arc last season?
Bombs away: The Wizards are playing without Bradley Beal and yet their 3-point shooting is on fire. During the three-game homestand, Washington hit 34 of 69 (49.2%) from beyond the arc. Along with Temple, rookie Kelly Oubre provided a lift from deep by making all six of his 3's. The hot touch may continue as opponents are hurting the Nets from long range. Meanwhile, Washington's foes have cooled off. The Wizards remain last in the league in 3-point shooting defense, but Charlotte, Sacramento and Memphis went 20 of 62 (32.2).
Meet the Nets: Only the outrageously bad Philadelphia 76ers sits behind Brooklyn in the Eastern Conference standings. Yet the Nets also own wins this season over the Hawks, Bulls, Pistons and two against the Rockets. Washington already lost very winnable games this season to the likes of the Lakers and Pelicans. The frontcourt duo of Brook Lopez (19.1 ppg) and Thaddeus Young (16.0) lead the way offensively, but the Nets are 25th in scoring (96.8).