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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30 PM EST

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How’s this for a test? On Tuesday night the Brooklyn Nets embark on a 4-game road trip out in California where they’ll play the two best teams in the West in a matter of a few nights.

First up for the Nets, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, who are playing some incredible basketball right now, winning 9 of their last 10 and posing a 23-7 record at home.

LeBron is playing at an MVP level. Anthony Davis is playing at a... MVP-lite level. The Nets, meanwhile, are coming off a close-call win over the Bulls and have a brand new coach at the helm.

Hey, good luck, Jacque Vaughn!

ALSO: We’ll be running a poll tomorrow through FanPulse on who you think should be the next coach of your Nets. You can sign up here to vote before tomorrow morning’s poll runs.

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (29-34) at Los Angeles Lakers (49-13)

WHEN: 10:30 PM EST

WHERE: YES Network (tv), WFAN (radio)

Game Preview

The Lakers and Nets are on opposite sides of the playoff picture. L.A. is now six and a half games (seven in the loss column) ahead of the Clippers, a comfortable lead with 20 games left. And they are only four games behind the Bucks for the league’s best record. L.A. would like to close that gap so they would have home court advantage if they and the Bucks meet in the Finals.

Brooklyn is now six full games ahead of the ninth place Wizards who are fading (3-7 in their last 10) and a half game ahead of the Magic as the two teams vy for the seventh seed and the right to likely face the Raptors who are three games ahead of the Celtics who keep losing despite the hype.

A good showing on the road —let’s say 2-2— and the Nets would come close to making the playoffs for the second straight year. That would appear to be the goal.

For more on the Lakers, check out Silver Screen and Roll.