Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets will play their final game before the All-Star break against the Denver Nuggets.
Playing without Deron Williams, Brooklyn earned an overtime victory Monday night, but the team has still lost six of its last 10 games.
The Nuggets meanwhile are on a hot streak, having won nine games in a row before a recent two-game skid.
This will be the first meeting of the season between these two teams.
Nuggets Have Owned Nets
Denver has defeated the Nets in nine of the last 11 meetings between the two squads.
The Nuggets come into the game averaging 113.4 points per game in their last 12. The team has also averaged 112.2 points in the last six games against the Nets – five of which were victories.
Brooklyn’s defense needs to show up to try to limit the high-scoring potential of the Nuggets. The Nets held the Pacers to 84 points even with overtime, but the Nuggets have a much better offense than Indiana.
Nuggets Banged Up
Four impact players on the Nuggets are questionable for tonight’s game.
Danilo Gallinari has a sinus infection, Andre Iguodala is suffering from a strained neck, Wilson Chandler is dealing with a groin injury and JaVale McGee is nursing a sore left leg.
This is a significant chunk of offense, so Denver will rely heavily on point guard Ty Lawson to carry the load.
The Nuggets are likely salivating for the All-Star break so these players can heal.
Tyshawn Taylor Joins the Party
Without D-Will, C.J. Watson was expected to fill in for the Nets down the stretch. However, after not making a shot from the field on Monday, rookie Tyshawn Taylor was thrust into the rotation.
He made a few rookie mistakes but overall had a great game, including making a few acrobatic buckets in crucial points during overtime.
Taylor scored a career-high 12 points in the winning effort. Though Watson will still get the start tonight, P.J. Carlesimo has to feel confident about giving Taylor extended minutes.
The Nets of course are looking to finish up the first half on a high note.
A victory would give Brooklyn a two-game winning streak before the break. The Nets will take on four teams out of the break with above .500 records, including a tough home-and-home with the Milwaukee Bucks, who the Nets can’t seem to beat.
The rest period will be much deserved if the Nets can come away with the win against a shorthanded Nuggets’ team.
The action tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.