The Nets have lost 12 of their last 15, and quite frankly, it's not going to get any easier than this as far as road games go. It's a virtual must-win for Brooklyn against a team ranked dead last in Offensive Rating at 94.4 points per 100 possessions, and second to last in the NBA in both points per game and rebounds per game this season.
Additionally, this will be the second game of a back-to-back for Milwaukee, who won an overtime game last night and might have some tired legs tonight. The Bucks are 18th in three-point attempts, but tied for ninth in three-point percentage, so the Nets will have to be aware of that and try to force them to take shots from inside the arc.
Milwaukee is led offensively by offseason addition O.J. Mayo, who is averaging 14.9 points per game and shooting 40.7% from three-point territory in his new #00 uniform.
In addition to Mayo, second-year men Khris Middleton and John Henson have taken steps forward this season, and each are averaging over 10 points per game this season as well.
The Nets and Bucks split their four-game season series last year, with Brooklyn winning the last two in a home-and-home sweep last February that was separated by just five points.
However, this year's Bucks team has seen a ton of roster turnover, as only Henson, Ersan Ilyasova and Ekpe Udoh are still on Milwaukee's roster since the last time the Nets played them last February. After being a playoff team in 2012-13, nothing's gone right for Milwaukee thus far this season. The Nets know a little something about that.
Key Matchup: Ersan Ilyasova has always been a thorn in the Nets' side. The Turkey native has averaged 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in 15 career games against the Nets, the most rebounds per game he's averaged against any NBA team.
Ilyasova will match up with Kevin Garnett primarily, with Andray Blatche and Mirza Teletovic backing him up at the power forward position and Brook Lopez protecting the rim for Brooklyn. If the Nets protect the glass, they'll have a good chance to win.
Player to Watch: Alan Anderson has been asked to do a lot more for Brooklyn in the wake of Paul Pierce's hand injury and the other depth pieces on the shelf as well, and the veteran swingman will start his fourth straight game at small forward tonight.
Anderson's struggled offensively the last three game, shooting just 28.6% from the field and 25.0% from downtown, playing a little under 30 minutes per game in those contests. Until Pierce and others return, the Nets need AA to be much more efficient.