Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Nets take on the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn is still undefeated in 2013 and has won eight of nine games since P.J. Carlesimo took over at head coach.
The Raptors meanwhile are 10 games behind in the Atlantic Division.
Another Sub-.500 Opponent
After defeating the Pacers Sunday, the Nets are back playing a team under .500.
Brooklyn is a perfect 14-0 this season against teams with sub-.500 records – the only such team in the NBA to accomplish this feat.
The Nets will try to make it 15 straight with a win over the Raptors. The schedule gets a bit tougher later in the week with a home-and-away series with the Atlanta Hawks and a game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
Keep the Streak Alive
The Nets have won six straight games which is their longest consecutive wins streak in seven years, since Jason Kidd led the team to a 14-game winning streak from March 12-April, 6, 2006.
Brooklyn has already defeated the Raptors twice this season – 107-100 on opening night and 94-88 on Dec. 12, 2012. The teams will play one more time this season on April 14 in Toronto.
Resurgence from the Bench Mob
The “Bench Mob” was one of the Nets’ top strengths earlier in the season as the team roared to an 11-4 start.
But as the Nets dealt with injuries, it broke up some of the chemistry of the second unit that had been playing so well together.
During the current winning streak, the “Bench Mob” is averaging 38.8 points combined, as opposed to 27.7 points per game prior to that.
P.J. Carlesimo is finding regular minutes for MarShon Brooks and Mirza Teletovic, which has helped them find a rhythm and contribute offensively.
Gerald Wallace’s Status Uncertain
Gerald Wallace missed Sunday’s game with bruised ribs, and he will might Tuesday night’s game against the Raptors, as well.
The Nets are yet to announce a timetable for Wallace’s return.
Raptors Playing Shorthanded
With Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas nursing injuries, the Raptors have received good frontcourt production from Amir Johnson and Ed Davis.
Davis recorded a double-double (career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds) in Toronto’s most recent loss to the Nets. He’s averaged 12.5 points since filling in for Bargnani.
Johnson is averaging 18.3 points and 10.8 rebounds since being inserted into the starting lineup the last four games.
The Raptors will need significant contributions from these big men if they plan on beating the surging Nets.
The action tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.