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NBA: Phoenix Suns at Washington Wizards Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (15-19) vs. Phoenix Suns (8-25)

WHAT: Nets look to start a new winning streak as the Suns come to town - one night after Phoenix played triple overtime against the Wizards.

WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. EST

HOW: YES, FSA; NBA League Pass

THE STORY: Game Preview

Devin Booker, in his five games since returning from injury, has averaged 30.8 points and 7.4 assists. He is going to be an issue. The Nets did a solid job containing Victor Oladipo until the end of the game when he took advantage of the Nets increasingly tired defense and bumped his scoring up to 26 points. Against Booker, the Nets will have to stay engaged from the first to last minute, he can get hot in a moment and put up gigantic numbers. Dude had a 70-point game when he was TWENTY!

D’Angelo Russell should look to have himself a bounce back game after a rough one on friday where he scored just three points on 12.5 percent shooting. Dinwiddie was also not quite his usual self, shooting 33 percent for 15 points, but that’s the kind of production you might expect against the best defense in the league.

There were so many possessions where the Nets were just swinging the ball around the perimeter looking for anything and the Pacers just stood their ground. That is a well coached, well oiled machine. The Suns should not be so tough to score on, allowing 112.3 points per game and letting opponents shoot 47.7% from the field, good (bad?) for 27th in the league.

The Suns might not have a true starting point guard (call Sean Marks about Shabazz Napierguys) but they do have like, way too many wings. T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson, Kelly Oubre, Troy Daniels, Mikal Bridges, and Jamal Crawford make up an arsenal of perimeter players the Nets will to have to deal with, and that’s not even including Booker. In the right system, these players might make up a pretty stout defensive rotation, but so far most of them have either underperformed or are just not quite good yet.

For more on the Suns, check out: Bright Side of the Suns

Brooklyn is led by strong backcourt play. D’Angelo Russell (17.5 points, 6.2 assists) and Spencer Dinwiddie (17.4 points, 5.1 assists) have stepped up after leading scorer Caris LeVert (18.4 points) dislocated his right foot and has missed extensive time.

On paper the Suns appear to be much more talented than the Nets, but games aren’t played on paper. Back on November 6th the Nets won an ugly game in Phoenix 104-82 in which the Suns shot just 34.6% from the field.

It will be interesting to see how coach Igor Kokoskov handles the rotation tonight as the Suns battle exhaustion. Josh Jackson may see more minutes after playing just 17 last night and shooting 1-8 from the field. Just two games into his time with the Suns, it appears Oubre Jr. might be passing Jackson on the depth chart. Richaun Holmes (24 minutes) will also probably have a chance to earn extended minutes if he plays well.