WHO: Brooklyn Nets (36-35) at Los Angeles Clippers (40-30)
WHAT: Two games into their 7-game road trip, the Nets are in dire need of a win - this won’t be an easy one, coming off of a bad loss the night before in Utah. But, here we are: the season is over in less than a month, the Nets are barely hanging on to a playoff spot and are desperate for a key road win.
WHERE: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
WHEN: 9:00 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, FSPT; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
This matchup will feature what might be the two best bench units in the NBA. LA’s bench scores 53.1 points per game to go along with 19.9 rebounds and 10.8 assists. The points and assists are the highest mark in the league, while the rebounds rank second. Brooklyn, on the other hand, puts up 47.5 points, 22.4 rebounds, and 9.5 assists. They rank second in points, third in assists, and first in rebounds. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are the Clippers two best bench players, and watching Dinwiddie and Williams trade buckets is going to be a lot of fun. Those are three legitimate 6th man of the year award candidates in the same game.
Since the All Star Break, the Clippers have the eighth best Net Rating in the NBA at 3.0 while the Nets are 12th with a 1.4 mark. If LA has a discernable weakness it’s that they make the 26th lowest amount of threes per game in the league, hitting on just 9.8 attempts per contest. The Nets, for comparison, average 12.5 per game. Brooklyn is also great at preventing three pointers from opposing teams, holding other teams to just 10.5 makes per game which is good for 5th in the league. If the Nets can completely stifle the Clippers deep threats they might have a shot at stealing a back-to-back on Sunday.
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