This afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets visit their intracity rivals when they head to Madison Square Garden for a Monday matinee with the New York Knicks at 2:30 pm. The two teams both enter today with losing records, but both teams have been playing much better basketball since the start of the new year.
The Nets head into today's action with a 16-22 record, second in the Atlantic division, eighth in the NBA's Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 15-25, third in the Atlantic, tied for 10th in the East for now. The two teams squared off at the Barclays Center back on December 5, with the Knicks blowing out the Nets by a score of 113-83.
In that game, the Knicks shot 57.1% from the field and an incredible 59.3% from three-point territory, going 16-of-27 from deep. The Nets had been struggling with their perimeter defense earlier this season, and no game exemplified their defensive struggles more than that game against the Knicks.?However, in the 19 games since that blowout loss to their crosstown rivals, the Nets have allowed a shooting percentage of just 44.5%, with a 35.8% three-point shooting percentage allowed.