New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets
When: Monday, November 26, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Barclays Center
The Knicks lead the highly competitive Atlantic Division with a (9-3) record. The Brooklyn Nets are sitting right behind in second place. The Nets are (8-4) and they only have one home loss so far in the early season.
The Knicks were supposed to visit the Knicks on the first of November, but the game was cancelled due to Super Storm Sandy. Unfortunately the Nets couldn’t open the Barclays Center with the Knicks, but this game is bigger in terms of standings because the Nets and Knicks have lived up to early expectations. However, both teams took some hits on the road out west.
The Nets had a great Holiday weekend with two home victories over the Clippers and Portland. They won both games by double figures. The Knicks came back from their worst loss of the season against the Rockets to blowout the lowly Pistons on Sunday afternoon.
The Match ups
The center position is going to be a pivotal match up between Brook Lopez and Tyson Chandler. Lopez leads the Nets with 19 points per game. He will be closely guarded by Tyson Chandler, who leads the Knicks with eight rebounds per game. Chandler has to stay out of foul trouble against the multitalented Lopez.
The point guard matchup between Deron Williams and Raymond Felton should be a great one on Monday night. They are the leaders of the team and get their teammates good shots. Deron averages close to 17 points per game along with 8 assists. Felton is feeling right back at home in New York, and he has a chance to raise his stature even more with a New York win. Deron William’s will be looking for his shot more in this game.
The forward match up is interesting because of Carmelo Anthony starting at power forward. There is no doubt that Gerald Wallace will take the first shot at slowing down Anthony on the offensive end. That leaves Kris Humphries guarding the small forward away from the basket. Humphries is the Nets leading rebounder. Ronnie Brewer will have to step up and knock down some shots on Monday.
Jason Kidd is shooting 50 percent from three point range and also leads the Knicks in steals. His defensive ability has been great on the perimeter. Kidd has a tough match up with Joe Johnson as the shooting guard. Johnson is the third leading scorer with almost 16 points per game.
The bench play will be very important for the Knicks all season long. They bring heavy fire power into the game to change the tempo. J.R. Smith is the third leading scorer for New York and he averages more than five rebounds a game. Rasheed Wallace has been a great addition for the Knicks. His post play, defense, and three-point shooting has been pretty good after a couple years off. They also bring Steve Novak in with Smith for more offensive spark.
The Nets have to match what the Knicks bring to the table on Monday. They have the athletes to do it too. Andray Blatche has come on strong in his reserve roll. Marshon Brooks and C.J. Watson come in to add scoring punch to the back court. The Nets will also use Reggie Evans to offset what Rasheed Wallace is doing offensively.
The Knicks are the leading scoring team in the NBA, while the Nets are the best at stopping teams from put ting the ball in the bucket. Whichever team enforces its will on the other in the second half will win this game. The Knicks have started slow in a few third quarters, so they have to work on playing with a sense of urgency right out of the locker room.
Hopefully the play of both teams feed off of the energy that will be inside the building. There will be a lot of hype in the arena, so the players are going to have to play with a lot of composure.
The bench of the Knicks will be the difference in this game for a Knicks victory.
New York Knicks 95
Brooklyn Nets 92
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