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New Jersey vs. Washington, 12/26/2011 19:00
Point Spread: -3½/-110 Washington
The fact that Washington was such a bad team last year, likely has the public staying away from this game. However, I think the Wizards are going to make some serious progress in the second season of point guard John Wall. The Wizards were able to keep their core nucleus together, plus added in some quality rookies in Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, and Shelvin Mack.
The Nets on the other hand are a complete mess. Their entire offseason was focused on trading for Dwight Howard. With no trade taking place, you have to wonder just how motivated the players are to give their maximum effort for an organization that doesn't really have a lot of faith in them. On top of that they are without starting center Brook Lopez, who is easily their best inside player. They went out and traded for Mehmet Okur, but he doesn't compare to what Lopez would give this team if he were playing.
Wall is the difference makers in this game, and the reason Washington has a chance to make a run at the playoffs this season. Look for the Wizards to come out on their home court and easily win this game by at least 7-10 points. BET THE WIZARDS -3.5!