NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 4th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (11-18) at Washington Wizards (16-13), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards play the second of a five-game homestand, as they welcome Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets to the MCI Center.
This is the third meeting of the season between the teams this season. Washington won the two previous contests, picking up a win on the road and at home. The clubs are scheduled to meet one more time in the 2004-05 campaign, as the Nets will host the Wizards on April 19th.
Overall, New Jersey has won four of six, and 10 of the last 13 meetings in this series. The Nets have won four of six and five of their last nine at Washington.
On Sunday, Larry Hughes scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Wizards over the Atlanta Hawks, 104-101, at the MCI Center. Antawn Jamison finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards, who have won just two of their last six games.
Hughes has scored 20 or more points in four straight contests. He is averaging 27.3 points in that span.
Washington, which will also host the Seattle SuperSonics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers on its current homestand, is 9-5 at home this season.
The Nets come into tonight's game off a win. On Saturday, Richard Jefferson led a balanced New Jersey attack, scoring 17 points, as the Nets beat their cross-river rivals the New York Knicks, 93-87, at Madison Square Garden. Vince Carter added 16 points for New Jersey, which had a total of five players score in double figures. Kidd and Rodney Buford tallied 13 points each and Nenad Kristic recorded 12 points and seven boards for the Nets, who have won four of their last six.
Kidd continued to struggle with his shooting (4-of-11) and had just three assists in Saturday's win, but the Nets improved to 7-6 with him in the lineup. They were 4-12 without him. Kidd is shooting just 35 percent this season and is 11-of-49 from the floor in his last six games.
New Jersey, which has scored over 100 points only twice this season, is just 5-10 on the road this season.
01/04 10:10:26 ET