The Washington Wizards play at the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS at BROOKLYN NETS
Where: Barclays Center
Tip-off: 7:30 p.m.
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Beal is on a roll
The Wizards are off to a disappointing start this season at 6-12 through 18 games, but the single most positive development for them this year so far is the emergence of Bradley Beal as a consistent and efficient scorer. The talent has always been there, and Beal has put up strong numbers bfore but what Beal has down over the last several weeks is a new level for him.
Over his last eight games, since he returned from missing three games due to a hamstring injury, Beal is scoring 27.3 points per game on 50.3 percent shooting. He's hitting 47.1 percent of his threes (4.1 out of 8.8 attempts per game) and getting to the free throw line a solid 4.9 times per contest. Those are All-Star numbers. Beal has been on fire lately and he should have a good opportunity to keep that going against the Nets, who are a very poor defensive team.
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Lots of offense
The Brooklyn Nets are 5-14 to begin this season largely because of their defense. They allow an NBA-worst 114.2 points per game and have second-worst defensive rating at 111.1. Their opponent's field goal percentage (47.1) is also second-worst and they allow a league-high three-pointers per game (10.7). That last part should excite Beal, who should be able to shoot at will from long range on Monday night.
After going up against teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, both of which play strong defense, this should be a good chance for the Wizards to put up more points. The Nets just allowed the Bucks to drop 111 and 112 on back-to-back nights and Milwaukee is in the bottom-third of the league in points per game. Brooklyn has lost nine of their last 10 games overall and defense has been the biggest culprit.
Sean Kilpatrick emerging
Much of the Wizards' focus on Monday will be on Nets All-Star Brook Lopez, who leads Brooklyn with 19.6 points per game. Lopez is even shooting threes this year, hitting 37.3 percent of them on six attempts per game. Before this year he had attempted just 31 threes in eight NBA seasons. This year he has attemped 102 with 38 of them makes.
Lopez will be a factor, but the Nets have another young player emerging in Sean Kilpatrick. Well, he's not that young at 27 but Kilpatrick is finding success in his third NBA season with just 54 games under his belt. This season he's averaging 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists at the shooting guard position. Kilpatrick isn't scoring very efficiently with a 41.4 field goal percentage, but he has proven dangerous. Against the Clippers on Nov. 29 he scored 38 points and grabbed 14 boards. Against the Pistons on Nov. 2, he dropped 24 points to go along with 10 rebounds. He went 4-for-4 from three that night.