Nets vs. Wizards NBA expert prediction and odds for Wednesday, March 27 (Back Washington as home underdogs)

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Mar 23, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards forward Marvin Bagley III passes the ball up the court against Toronto.
Mar 23, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards forward Marvin Bagley III passes the ball up the court against Toronto. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams with little to play for for the remainder of the regular season meet up in our nation’s capital Wednesday night. The Brooklyn Nets, 5.5 games out of the final NBA Play-In Tournament spot in the Eastern Conference, snapped a six-game losing streak in Monday’s road victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Washington is just two games ahead of the Detroit Pistons for the dubious honor of the NBA’s worst record. However, the Wizards have won three consecutive games for the first time this season coming off Monday’s two-point road win over Chicago.

Washington opens a six-game home stand at Capital One Arena Wednesday as a small underdog. Can the Wizards keep their streak alive? Here’s the betting breakdown of the matchup with a best bet. 

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Nets vs. Wizards odds, spread and total

Nets vs. Wizards how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, March 27 
  • Game time: 7 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Capital One Arena
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Nets record: 27-45
  • Wizards record: 14-58

Nets vs. Wizards injury report

Brooklyn Nets

  • Keita Bates-Diop (shin): out
  • Cam Thomas (back): questionable
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (hip): out
  • Cameron Johnson (toe): out 

Washington Wizards

  • Landry Shamet (calf): out
  • Eugene Omoruyi (ankle): out 
  • Tyus Jones (back): out 

Brooklyn Nets vs. Washington Wizards key players to watch

Brooklyn Nets

Trendon Watford: An undrafted 6-foot-8 forward, Watford averages 5.8 points per game but injuries allowed the LSU product to play 21 minutes off the bench in Monday’s win over Toronto, the most playing time he’s received in over a month. Watford tied a team-high with 19 points off the bench on 7-of-10 shooting to go with seven rebounds. 

Washington Wizards

Marvin Bagley III: After missing nearly three weeks with a lumbar sprain, Bagley has combined for 26 points on 11-of-18 shooting in two games since returning. In four games this month, the former No. 2 overall pick is averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds a night. 

Nets vs. Wizards prediction and pick

Brooklyn is in an unusual position as a road favorite Wednesday night for just the 10th time this season. The Nets are 3-6 ATS in that spot this season and Brooklyn’s lackluster offense isn’t one that makes a backer comfortable when giving points on the road. 

Brooklyn, No. 22 in offensive net rating, is No. 27 in field goal percentage and have been held under triple digits in three of the last four games. Washington’s defense, No. 29 in net rating, doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence to get stops, but the Wizards are shockingly playing the best basketball of the season with three consecutive wins and holding opponents to 105.3 points per game. 

Washington’s offensive is shooting over 47% from the field over its three-game winning streak and have the offensive firepower behind Jordan Poole (18.6 points per game this month), Bagley and Corey Kispert (68 points over the last four games) to find success against a Brooklyn defense that gives up nearly four points more on the road than at Barclays Center.

Take Washington to stay hot. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.