The Brooklyn Nets will look to continue their unbeaten streak in January when they square off against the Philadelphia 76ers from the Wells Fargo Center.
Coming into tonight, the Nets are looking for their fourth straight win and hoping to make it six out of seven.
Here is your pregame primer…
Joe Johnson’s Size Advantage
The last time these two teams played back on Dec. 23, the Nets bested the Sixers by a final score of 95-93 and they were led by Joe Johnson’s 22 points. On the defensive side of the ball, the Sixers don’t have a player that can neutralize Johnson’s size advantage and that hasn’t changed. If the Nets are to win their fourth consecutive game tonight, they’ll need Johnson to continue his recent stretch of fine play.
Sixers Finally Back Home
The Dec. 23 matchup against the Nets was the first game of a season-long eight game road trip for the Sixers. The team ended up going 2-6 on the trip and are now sitting 2.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. There’s still a lot of season left, but after 35 games, no team wants to be on the outside looking in but that’s exactly where the Sixers find themselves.
They’ll look to get a win on the board tonight at home.
Brook Lopez’s Continued Dominance
Since Carlesimo took over, Brook Lopez is averaging 23.7 points per game and has made 59.7 percent of his field goal attempts. He’s also averaging eight rebounds per game. Though that may be low for a starting center, it’s an improvement over the 7.4 rebounds he averages on the season.
Lopez’s name has been mentioned amongst potential All-Stars this year, and his recent play warrants such consideration. The Nets hope he can keep it up.
A Somewhat Controversial Day
In case you missed it earlier, Andray Blatche had a pretty eventful morning, but it doesn’t sound as though he’s being accused of any wrongdoing. Earlier today, Nets general manager Billy King released a statement saying that all players would be available tonight and if you DID miss it, check out either of the immediately preceding links.