Wizards-Nets Preview

The Washington Wizards remain winless on the road, but they’re

likely feeling good about visiting the stumbling New Jersey

Nets.

Looking to snap their longest road losing streak in 12 seasons,

the Wizards try for their fifth straight win in New Jersey and

sixth in a row overall against the Nets when they meet at the

Prudential Center on Thursday night.

Washington (6-17) is an NBA-worst 0-12 on the road and hasn’t

lost 13 straight away from home since a franchise-record 15-game

slide Dec. 23, 1999-Feb. 20, 2000. The Wizards, though, have taken

four in a row on the Nets’ home court.

New Jersey (6-19) enters on an eight-game losing streak and has

dropped eight of 12 at home.

The Nets are hoping a new face can help them get on track after

completing a three-team trade with Houston and the Los Angeles

Lakers on Wednesday. They acquired Sasha Vujacic and two

first-round picks in exchange for Terrence Williams, Joe Smith and

two second-round picks.

“We’re excited to get a player like Sasha who can come in and

help us,” general manager Billy King said. “He’s scrappy on defense

and a good shooter on offense. He has experience with being on a

champion. It’s also an opportunity for us to get better with future

draft picks.”

The Nets fell 82-77 to Philadelphia on Tuesday night as they

continue to struggle from the field.

New Jersey ranks near the bottom of the league with a 43.2

field-goal percentage and shot 34.1 against the 76ers. The Nets

trailed after the first quarter for the sixth consecutive game.

“We need to jump out on some of these teams and put them on

their heels,” said Devin Harris, who scored 14 points. “It’s like

we are walking into a fight and catching the first three punches.

We realize what is going on, it is happening every single game. We

can’t fight like that. We have to come out and throw some punches

and come out swinging.”

Harris is averaging 23.0 points in his last four meetings with

Washington.

Without Andray Blatche and No. 1 overall pick John Wall again,

the Wizards lost 103-89 to the Lakers on Tuesday night.

Wall, who has averaged 16.7 points in 15 games, was sidelined

with knee tendinitis while Blatche, averaging 17.1 points, sat for

the third time in four games as he continues to deal with a knee

injury.

Wall and Blatche will likely miss this game.

“It’s definitely difficult because (Andray) is definitely the

offense-minded player that we have on our team,” center JaVale

McGee said. “But we just have to go out there and keep working hard

even though he’s not playing.”

With two of the Wizards’ three leading scorers on the sidelines,

Nick Young had 21 points and is averaging 18.2 over his last five

games.

The Wizards are allowing an average of 113.3 points on the road

– among the most in the NBA – but face a Nets club scoring 92.7 per

game.

Yi Jianlian, acquired from New Jersey in the offseason, suffered

a sprained right knee against the Lakers and is expected to miss

2-to-4 weeks.

The Nets’ Anthony Morrow suffered a hamstring injury Tuesday and

is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks. Morrow is third

on the team with 12.8 points per game.