After bottoming out at 11 games under .500 at the end of December, the Nets' 19-8 start to the 2014 calendar year has them back at .500 with a 29-29 record overall entering tonight's game, good enough for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, in the much tougher Western Conference, the Grizzlies currently find themselves on the outside looking in, just on the cusp of a playoff spot, half a game out of the eighth seed despite a 34-25 record, better than all but two East teams.
It'll be the second and final meeting between these two teams, with Brooklyn winning the first matchup by a score of 97-88 back on November 30 in Memphis.
In that game, the Grizzlies were missing Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph due to injury, while the Nets were without Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, and Andrei Kirilenko.
All five players are expected to play tonight for their respective teams, though Kevin Garnett will miss his third straight game for Brooklyn due to a bout with back spasms.
Key Matchup: Deron Williams matches up with Mike Conley tonight. D-Will has played great basketball since the All-Star break, and Conley has played well against the Nets in the past. Conley matched up with the since-departed Tyshawn Taylor in that late November matchup, and he put up a double-double in a losing effort.
Player to Watch: With Kevin Garnett sidelined once again, Mason Plumlee will likely get another start at center for Brooklyn. The rookie celebrates his 24th birthday today.