10/29/2008 7:05:00 PM
The Wizards have a potent front court while the Nets have a very good back court. Throw in the fact that neither team plays much defense, and Over looks like the play.
Even with the Washington Wizards missing Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood, and the New Jersey Nets losing Richard Jefferson in the off season, we still see these teams approaching 200 points tonight.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]After all, the Wizards front court is as potent as any in the game with Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, and they could easily take advantage of a Nets front court that is not renowned for its defense.
In fact, that is exactly what happened the last time these clubs met, albeit with the Nets winning that game 109-106. The two starting Washington forwards combined for 55 points (Butler 28, Jamison 27), and we would not be shocked by a repeat performance tonight, keying another triple-digit total output.
Now the Nets have changed considerably since that last meeting, trading away Jason Kidd in the interim in addition to the loss of Jefferson. This is a team in rebuilding mode, but they can potentially have an excellent backcourt if Vince Carter comes to play each night, as new point guard Devin Harris could be a superstar in the making with some decent parts around him.
Finally, let us face the fact that the Wizards do not play defense either, so if the Nets can get anything from a revamped front line, we see no reason why this contest cannot resemble that last meeting where 215 points were scored.
Free Pick: Nets, Wizards Over 192½ (-110)