The Nets’ schedule will be soft the next few games, but that doesn’t mean Brooklyn can play soft.
With the Knicks struggling with injuries, the Nets have the perfect chance to overtake their crosstown rivals in the standings.
The current three-game winning streak has seen the Nets play exceptional defense.
Brooklyn ranks near the top of the league in points allowed per game at 94.1, but over the last three, the Nets have held opponents to 78.7 points per game on 38.2 percent shooting.
The 76ers have only averaged 89.0 points per game in their last 16, so the matchup tonight favors Brooklyn.
Dominance from Lopez and Blatche
Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche combined for 36 points on 17-27 shooting in Saturday night’s win over the Atlanta Hawks.
The 76ers have struggled this season without center Andrew Bynum, so Lopez and Blatche should have plenty of opportunities to clean up on the glass and in the paint.
Holiday Torches Nets
Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday has been tough on the Nets this season. He’s scored 43 total points in the two previous games and shot an unreal 59.3 percent from the field.
Lately though, Holiday has gone cold. He’s the 76ers leading scorer at 18.6 points per game, but he’s managed just 12.0 points in the last five games while shooting 26.7 percent from the field.
Nets Have Been Tough on Philly
The Nets defeated the 76ers in both previous matchups this season.
Brooklyn earned a 95-92 win at Barclays Center on Dec. 23, while the team defeating the 76ers 109-89 Jan. 8 in Philadelphia.
The action tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.