Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets return home to Barclays Center to take on the Sacramento Kings.
This is the second game of a four-game stretch against teams under .500. However, last night against the Wizards, the Nets needed double overtime to come away with the victory.
The Nets beat the Kings in Sacramento, 99-90, earlier this season.
Fatigued from Double Overtime Win
After the Nets’ last double-overtime win against the Pistons, they came out sluggish the next night and lost a close game to the Bulls.
They’ll try not to repeat that process, but it will take a full team effort to do so.
MarShon Brooks, Mirza Teletovic and Tyshawn Taylor should all see significant minutes as well as the regular reserves Keith Bogans, Jerry Stackhouse and Andray Blatche. C.J. Watson and Kris Humphries are game-time decisions.
Taylor looked lost in 3:26 last night, committing two quick turnovers leading P.J. Carlesimo to play Brooks at the point. But Taylor may get another chance, as Carlesimo will look to keep Deron Williams as fresh as possible.
Battle of the Big Men
In the last matchup between these two teams, DeMarcus Cousins has a field day, scoring 29 points, while Brook Lopez managed only 13.
Cousins is carrying the Kings with Tyreke Evans sidelined with a knee injury. Cousins is averaging 17.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per gam this season.
But since the first matchup and once he returned from injury, Lopez has been dominant. Lopez leads all starting centers in the league with an average of 18.9 points per game.
Lopez and Blatche will have to be physical with Cousins in the paint defensively and get him in foul trouble on the other end of the floor.
Which D-Will Will Show Up?
Williams had one of his best games of the season Wednesday night against the Thunder (19 points and 13 assists), and early on against the Wizards, he kept up that pace.
But as the night wore on, Williams lost his shooting stroke. He finished with impressive numbers (24 points and 10 assists), but it took him 9-of-23 shooting to get thee.
Once he starts playing more consistently, he’ll regain his All-Star form.
Don’t Sleep on the Kings
The Kings are winners of four of their last five games (just the like the Nets) and six of their last 10.
During that stretch, the Kings are in the top-10 in the league in field-goal percentage, three-point percentage and free-throw percentage.
It’s imperative that the Nets improve their defensive effort from last night’s game against Washington. The Wizards got some easy buckets inside, and if Brooklyn can’t defend the middle tonight, it’s going to be a long night with Cousins crashing the boards.
If the Nets’ defense fails to stop Cousins, then Brooklyn will have to execute at the offensive end of the floor. Though each played more than 40 minutes last night, Lopez, Williams and Joe Johnson must continue playing well together.
The action tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.