The Wizards’ 2-0 start is one of the more surprising developments in the NBA but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Washington reloaded this offseason, adding depth at nearly every position to a team that had its share of bench issues last season due to injuries and inefficient play. In the team’s first two games, the Wizards’ bench has outscored its opponents’ bench by 40 points.
Washington takes on the Nets on Monday night with Brooklyn staring 1-2 on the year. Steve Nash’s club is without Kyrie Irving (and is likely to be for the foreseeable future) and while Patty Mills has looked like an admirable replacement for the time being, he’s just one of several new pieces that Brooklyn is trying to integrate.
- The Nets’ total has gone under in nine of their last 11 games.
- The Wizards are 6-1 ATS vs. Brooklyn over their last seven.
- Bradley Beal will play against the Nets, according to MGM’s Quinton Mayo. The Wizards held Beal out of Friday’s matchup with the Pacers because of a hip injury.
- The Nets opened up as a 8.5-point favorite, though the line has shifted down to 5.5, as Austin Wang of The Action Network notes. Wang also notes a trend with road teams coming off a win with at least two games of rest (as Washington has); those teams have gone 90-60-4 against the spread since the start of the 2019-20 season.
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