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Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell was the nation's leading scorer a season ago. (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell was the nation's leading scorer a season ago. (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The University of Connecticut women's basketball team has not dropped a season opener in 20 years, part of the reason it has not lost back-to-back games since March of 1993.

A year ago, the Huskies made their debut with a 46-game winning streak and after Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis buried 10 3-pointers on UC Davis it seemed like they had picked up where they had left off. But two days later they were beaten by Stanford in overtime and an emotional All-American Breanna Stewart stated they had to change to reach their goals.

That change didn't end after UConn won its final 37 games and its third straight national championship last April. The lessons learned continued into this preseason and the top-ranked Huskies plan to take those with them Monday when they visit No. 6 Ohio State at Value City Arena here.

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Tonight, the Nets look to keep it rolling, as they head to the Verizon Center in our nation's capital to face the Washington Wizards.

Winners of three straight games and seven of their last eight, the surging Nets look to continue their recent run of knocking off fellow Eastern Conference playoff contenders, as they continue to jockey for position in a tightly-packed conference.

Nobody is going to catch the top-seeded Pacers or second-seeded Heat, but the three through six seeds are separated by just 3.5 games entering action on Saturday.

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Tonight, the Nets return home to host the Sacramento Kings at the Barclays Center. Home is where the heart is, and for Brooklyn, it's where the wins have been as well. The Nets have won six straight at the Barclays Center, and their 12-2 home record since January 1 is among the league's best in that span.

A win would tie the Nets' season-high of seven consecutive home wins, and they're looking to earn a season-split with the Kings, after Brooklyn lost in Sacramento 107-86 back on November 13. However, the Nets are a different team today than they were in that previous matchup, and a recent trade with these Kings is a factor in that.

In that blowout loss in Sacramento early in the season, Marcus Thornton scored a game-high 24 points off the bench for the Kings. The young shooting guard has had a roller-coaster season of highs and lows, leading to a trade to the Nets a few weeks ago. In his short time in Brooklyn, the Nets have seen him catch fire and go ice cold.

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Tonight, the Nets are back on the road as they travel to face the division rival Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. Brooklyn is looking to win their fifth straight game, which would match their longest winning streak of the season.

There was a time, early in the 2013-14, when the Celtics led the Atlantic division, and the Nets were struggling to adjust. That time is long gone now, however.

Since January 1, the Nets are 20-8, with a .714 winning percentage that's the best in the Eastern Conference and third-best in the NBA. The Celtics have gone the other direction, at 7-23 in that span, with a .233 winning percentage, third-worst in the NBA.

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Tonight, the Nets host the Memphis Grizzlies at the Barclays Center, as they attempt to climb over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

After bottoming out at 11 games under .500 at the end of December, the Nets' 19-8 start to the 2014 calendar year has them back at .500 with a 29-29 record overall entering tonight's game, good enough for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, in the much tougher Western Conference, the Grizzlies currently find themselves on the outside looking in, just on the cusp of a playoff spot, half a game out of the eighth seed despite a 34-25 record, better than all but two East teams.

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Tonight, the Nets return to the Barclays Center to host the Chicago Bulls, finally returning home after their longest road trip of the season.

The Nets haven't played a game in Brooklyn since February 12, and a win today would be their fifth straight home win, and it would mean reaching the .500 mark on the season for the first time November 5, when they were 2-2 after four games.

Standing in their way is a surging Chicago team that's been a thorn in their side ever since the Nets moved to Brooklyn. The Bulls are tied with the Indiana Pacers the best record in the Eastern Conference since the start of the new calendar year.

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Tonight, the Nets try to shake off one of their worst losses in team history when they head to Colorado to face the Denver Nuggets.

No Nets player played more 27 minutes last night, so hopefully they'll be relatively fresh and ready to play tonight, in an arena that's been a house of horrors for them in recent years. In fact, the last time the Nets won a game at the Pepsi Center in Denver was back in January of 2007, when Jason Kidd was still suiting up at point guard.

However, Brooklyn might be catching Denver at the right time, as the Nuggets have lost eight of their last nine games, and have already ruled out a bunch of players due to injury. Nate Robinson, JaVale McGee, Danilo Gallinari, Darrell Arthur, and Wilson Chandler are all out for the Nuggets tonight, and Ty Lawson is listed as doubtful.

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Tonight, the Nets continue their west coast road trip as they head to Portland to face the Trail Blazers, who have emerged as one of the better teams in NBA this season. The Blazers enter tonight fifth in the West at 39-18.

It will be the second and final meeting between the two teams, with Brooklyn looking to earn a season split after the Blazers won in Brooklyn back in November. The Nets are just 6-32 at Portland all-time, but they won their previous game there last March.

The Blazers are led offensively by LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, who are eighth and 13th in the NBA, respectively, in points per game. Both average over 21 PPG, and Portland is the only team in the NBA with two scorers among the top 15.

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Tonight, the Nets continue their west coast road trip as they head to Oakland to face the Golden State Warriors. It will be their second and final regular season matchup with Golden State, as Brooklyn looks for the season sweep after defeating the Warriors back in early January at the Barclays Center.

In that previous matchup back on January 8, the Nets stormed back from a 16-point deficit to complete a dramatic comeback, riding a monster fourth quarter from Kevin Garnett to snap the Warriors' 10-game win streak in stunning fashion.

Stephen Curry scored 34 points in that game, but only shot 2-of-10 from behind three-point territory, and Brooklyn was able to chip away at the lead due in large part to their bench, which outscored Golden State's reserves 36-17 in that game.

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Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets begin the second half of the NBA season with a road game against the Utah Jazz at the EnergySolutions Arena.

While the All-Star break may have come at a good time for the Nets, especially point guard Deron Williams, the Jazz probably wished they could've kept playing.

Prior to the break, Utah had won three straight games, including a win over the two-time defending champion Miami Heat to start that streak. Utah is just 19-33 overall, but they are 12-14 at home and 9-9 against the Eastern Conference this season.

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Tonight, the Nets close out the first half of the 2013-14 NBA season with a road game in Chicago against the Bulls. The Nets and Bulls have been two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference since the start of the new year.

Since January 1, the Nets have the best winning percentage (.737) in the East with their 14-5 record, while the Bulls are third-best with a .667 winning percentage (14-7 record) over that span. Chicago enters tonight as the fourth seed in the conference.

The Bulls beat the Nets by a score of 95-78 in Brooklyn back on Christmas day. Both teams have been playing great ball since then, and with just 1.5 games separating them in the conference standings, there's a lot at stake tonight at the United Center.

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Tonight, the Nets play the penultimate game of the first half of the NBA season, as they host the Charlotte Bobcats at the Barclays Center.

Charlotte has been one of the biggest surprises in the Eastern Conference this season, as rookie head coach Steve Clifford has done an outstanding job with this young Bobcats squad, keeping them right in the thick of things thus far.

The Bobcats enter tonight with a 23-29 record, which is still good enough for eighth place in the East. The Bobcats beat the Nets back in November in Charlotte, while the Nets have won their last four home games against the Bobcats, dating back to 2012.

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Tonight, the Nets return home and look to get back in the win column when they host the New Orleans Pelicans at the Barclays Center.?The Nets have faced every team in the NBA at least once, with New Orleans being the only team they have yet to play.?It's the first of two meetings between the two teams.

The Pelicans enter tonight with a 22-27 record on the year, winners of two straight games. However, no two divisions in the NBA have a more dramatic difference in quality than the Nets' Atlantic division and the Pelicans' Southwest division.

At 22-26, the Nets are in second place, 3.0 games behind first-place Toronto, the only team in the Atlantic with a winning record. The Pelicans, with a virtually identical record to Brooklyn, are dead last in the Southwest. In fact, of the five Southwest division teams, the Pelicans are the only team that doesn't?have a winning record.

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Tonight, the Brooklyn Nets (20-25) try to snap a three-game losing skid when they host the Philadelphia 76ers (15-33) at the Barclays Center.

It will be the third meeting of the season for the two Atlantic division rivals, with each team winning a memorable game at home against one another back in December.

The Nets scored a season-high 130 points against Philly on December 16, with Joe Johnson tying an NBA record with eight of his 10 three-pointers in a 29-point third quarter, as the Nets set a franchise record with 21 made three-pointers.

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Tonight, the Nets will be looking for their ninth win in their last 10 games when they host the Dallas Mavericks at the Barclays Center.

Brooklyn has won a season-high six straight games at home, while the Mavericks are 11-12 on the road. Dallas enters tonight with a 25-19 record, good for third place in the NBA's Southwest division, eighth overall in the Western Conference.

Last season, the teams split their two-game season series, with each team winning on the road. The Nets won the most recent meeting by a score of 113-96.

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This afternoon, the Brooklyn Nets visit their intracity rivals when they head to Madison Square Garden for a Monday matinee with the New York Knicks at 2:30 pm. The two teams both enter today with losing records, but both teams have been playing much better basketball since the start of the new year.

The Nets head into today's action with a 16-22 record, second in the Atlantic division, eighth in the NBA's Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 15-25, third in the Atlantic, tied for 10th in the East for now. The two teams squared off at the Barclays Center back on December 5, with the Knicks blowing out the Nets by a score of 113-83.

In that game, the Knicks shot 57.1% from the field and an incredible 59.3% from three-point territory, going 16-of-27 from deep. The Nets had been struggling with their perimeter defense earlier this season, and no game exemplified their defensive struggles more than that game against the Knicks.?However, in the 19 games since that blowout loss to their crosstown rivals, the Nets have allowed a shooting percentage of just 44.5%, with a 35.8% three-point shooting percentage allowed.

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Tonight, the Nets take their NBA-best five-game winning streak north of the border, when they play the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. It should be a good game between two Atlantic division rivals who have started to play much better basketball of late after slow starts to their respective seasons.

The division-leading Raptors have won six of their last eight games, and 10 of their last 15, coinciding with the trade of veteran Rudy Gay and promotion of second-year man Terrence Ross into the starting lineup. Toronto has now reached the .500 mark at 17-17, and enter tonight with a three-game lead over second-place Brooklyn.

The Nets beat the Raptors in their one previous meeting this season back on November 26 in Toronto, a game in which Andray Blatche scored 24 points and the Nets shot 50.6% from the field as a team. Brooklyn has won four of the last five meetings overall between the two teams, but they're only 14-21 in Toronto all-time.

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Tonight, the Nets look to make it five in a row when they host the defending champion Miami Heat on nickname jersey night at the Barclays Center. Both teams will wear nicknames in place of their last names on the back of their jerseys tonight, but it won't be fun and games come tip off time.

The Nets beat Miami in their home opener back in November, and they might be catching the Heat at a good time tonight, as Miami will be playing their fifth game in seven days. Dwyane Wade may not suit up tonight for rest purposes, which might even it up for the Nets who are still without their two best players.

Brooklyn is 4-0 since the calendar turned to 2014, a season-high win streak that's helped even up their home record to 9-9 on the season. The Nets haven't beaten the Heat two meetings in a row since the 2007-08 season, and they also haven't won more than five games in any single month yet this season.

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Tonight, the Nets?host?one of the hottest teams in the NBA, as the Golden State Warriors come to the Barclays Center. The Warriors have won 10 games in a row, by far the longest current streak in the NBA. Meanwhile, Brooklyn's modest three-game winning streak is actually tied for the longest current streak in the East, and they're looking to win four straight games for the first this season.?

The Warriors are led by former NBA All-Star (and former Nets analyst on the YES Network) Mark Jackson, and they enter tonight with a 24-13 record, good for fourth place in the Western Conference. Golden State swept the season series between the two teams last year, and they are 8-3 against the Nets in their last 11 meetings.

Any way you slice it, this is going to be a tough game for the Nets, whose two best players are out injured. The Warriors are eighth in the NBA in points per game, second in rebounds per game, and eighth in assists per game. They are an explosive offensive team that's very efficient from three-point land, as their 38.9% team shooting percentage from behind the arc is third-best in the NBA.

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Tonight, the Nets look to make it three wins in a row when they host the Atlanta Hawks at the Barclays Center. The Hawks have been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference this season, as they are the only team other than Indiana and Miami with a winning record coming into tonight. They are in second place in the Southeast division, and enter tonight as the third seed overall in the East.

However, Atlanta hasn't been a very good road team this year at 6-11, and like the Nets, they've lost arguably their best player for the season. Big man Al Horford suffered a torn pectoral muscle the day after Christmas, and the Hawks have struggled to a 2-3 record in the five games without him. After averaging 102.6 points per game on 46.1% shooting as a team before Horford's injury, they're averaging just 99.2 PPG on 40.8% shooting in the five games since his injury.

The Hawks and Nets split their four-game season series last year, but Atlanta has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two squads.

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Tonight, the Nets conclude their gauntlet of a three-game road trip, when they face the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder enter tonight tied for the best record in the NBA at 25-6, including a 14-2 home record that's helped propel them to the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Thunder are not unbeatable, as they've actually lost two of their last three home games after a 13-0 start, including a 98-84 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. That being said, OKC hasn't lost two consecutive home games since March 2012. The Nets have lost four straight on the road and are 4-12 on the road overall.

Oklahoma City won't have star point guard Russell Westbrook tonight, as he's recovering from his most recent surgical procedure on his right knee. Nets center Brook Lopez is preparing to undergo the knife to repair his broken foot this week, and backup center Andray Blatche is still out tonight due to undisclosed personal reasons.

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Tonight, the Nets continue their road trip against NBA title contenders with a matchup with the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio enters today with a 24-7 record, good for first place in the Southwest division, and tied for the third-best record overall in the NBA. They would be the second seed in the Western Conference if the season ended today, and they've always been a formidable opponent for the Nets in the Gregg Popovich era.

The Spurs have beaten the Nets 10 straight times in the regular season, and 19 of their last 20 regular season meetings overall. Other than two wins in the 2003 NBA Finals, the Nets have not beaten the Spurs since January 22, 2002. The Spurs swept the two-game season series last year, winning by an average of 28 points per game.

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Tonight, the Nets begin a gauntlet of a three-game road trip against a trio of NBA title contenders, beginning with a trip to Indiana to play the Pacers. After beating the NBA's worst team last night, now they face arguably the league's best team, a Pacers team that's already beaten them twice this season.

Last night against the Bucks, head coach Jason Kidd started a small lineup that included??two point guards in Shaun Livingston and Deron Williams, and?Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce at the two forward spots. While that adjustment was effective against the hapless Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, it probably won't fly against this taller, more athletic Pacers squad that could be a matchup nightmare for Brooklyn tonight.

The Nets will be without Andray Blatche and Andrei Kirilenko for the duration of this road trip, hurting their depth that already took a big hit when Brook Lopez went down for the season. The last time these teams squared off, this past Monday at the Barclays Center, the Pacers had no trouble blowing out the Nets in dominant fashion.

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Tonight at the Barclays Center, the 9-19 Nets host the 6-22 Milwaukee Bucks in a virtual must-win game for Brooklyn. In the midst of a four-game losing streak, with three straight games against NBA title contenders on the immediate horizon, the time to snap this recent slide is right now.

The last time these two teams met, the Nets won 90-82 back on December 7 in Milwaukee, and it ignited a three-game win streak at the time. Even though Brooklyn's since lost their best player, if they can't win this game, at home, against the worst team in the NBA... You get the picture. It won't be pretty.

Without Lopez, the Nets' big men have a lot on their plate. It won't get much easier tonight, as the Bucks are expected to get center Larry Sanders back from injury.

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Tonight at the Barclays Center, the Nets look to move forward from the devastating news about Brook Lopez?in a doozy of a matchup with the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers enter tonight with a 22-5 record, the best record in the Eastern Conference, a half-game shy of the best overall record in the NBA.

The Nets were 2-7 in the nine games Lopez missed with ankle woes, and now it appears they'll be without him for the rest of the 2013-14 season with his broken foot. That means guys like Mirza Teletovic, Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee will have to step up, and the first test will be tonight against Pacers big man Roy Hibbert.

I'd expect Jason Kidd to use Kevin Garnett primarily at center now, with Teletovic potentially getting regular playing time as the starting power forward. That would enable Andray Blatche and Mason Plumlee to continue coming off the bench in their regular roles, albeit likely with more playing time overall.

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Tonight, the Nets return home to face the Philadelphia 76ers at the Barclays Center. It will be the first meeting this season for the Atlantic Division rivals, who will also play each other again this Friday in Philadelphia.

The Sixers have struggled as of late, with six straight losses entering tonight, and an NBA-worst 1-10 record on the road. Philadelphia has lost 10 straight games on the road now after initially winning their first road game of the year back on November 1.

Rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams has been out of the lineup?since December 3?with a skin infection on his right knee, and the 76ers are 1-9 without him. Carter-Williams is listed as doubtful for tonight's game and is not expected to play.

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Tonight, the Nets look to make it four in a row, as they put their three-game win streak on the line against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. It'll be the second time the two teams have faced off this season, with the Pistons winning the first matchup by a score of 109-97 on November 24.

In that game, the Nets were dominated on the interior with Brook Lopez out of the lineup with an ankle injury, as the Pistons outscored them 56-22 in the paint, including a 20-0 advantage in the paint in the third quarter. Now, as the Nets get set to face the Pistons again, Lopez's status is up in the air after he re-injured his ankle last night.

The last time the Pistons hosted the Nets was last March. Deron Williams led the way with 31 points as Brooklyn won 119-82.

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Tonight at the Barclays Center, the Nets will look to win their third straight game, as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at 8:00 pm. After facing their former team on Tuesday, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will now square off with their former head coach, Doc Rivers, for the first time since leaving the Boston Celtics.

It's actually the second time this season that the Nets and Clippers have squared off, as the Clippers defeated the Nets at the Staples Center back on November 16. However, Pierce and Garnett did not play in that game, (and neither did Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, among others) in a game where the Nets' reserves played respectably against L.A.'s full squad, with the Clippers ultimately winning 110-103.

It's been a week of reunions for Pierce, Garnett and Rivers, as the Nets played the Celtics on Tuesday, and the Clippers played Boston the very next day. The ex-Celtics players and coach were all successful, as Boston dropped both games. Now, they get to face each other, with the Nets playing as good as they have all season.

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Tonight, the Nets play their third division game of the season, as they take on the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center at 7:30 pm. The two teams came together on a major trade this past offseason, and there's no doubt the players involved in that deal have had December 10 circled on their calendars ever since.

In July, the Nets and Celtics agreed on a deal that sent future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, along with Jason Terry, to Brooklyn in exchange for five players and three future first-round draft picks. It was expected that the Nets would become a powerhouse, while the Celtics would be in rebuilding mode.

However, few would've expected the two teams to be in the respective positions they find themselves in today, as the two teams get set to square off for the first time this season. It's the Celtics, not the Nets, who sit atop the Atlantic division with a 10-12 record. It's the Nets, not the Celtics who enter tonight fourth in the division at 6-14.

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Tonight, the 5-14 Nets are on the road again for a matchup with the 4-15 Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks enter tonight in the Eastern Conference basement, and the Nets would be in danger of falling into a last-place tie with a loss.

The Nets have lost 12 of their last 15, and quite frankly, it's not going to get any easier than this as far as road games go. It's a virtual must-win for Brooklyn against a team ranked dead last in Offensive Rating at 94.4 points per 100 possessions, and second to last in the NBA in both points per game and rebounds per game this season.

Additionally, this will be the second game of a back-to-back for Milwaukee, who won an overtime game last night and might have some tired legs tonight. The Bucks are 18th in three-point attempts, but tied for ninth in three-point percentage, so the Nets will have to be aware of that and try to force them to take shots from inside the arc.

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Tonight, the Nets return home to take on the Denver Nuggets, looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season. The surging Nuggets are coming in hot, having won six games in a row and 11 of their last 13.

The Nuggets enter tonight's game with a 10-6 record overall under rookie head coach Brian Shaw, sitting in third place in the NBA's Northwest division. As is the case with many Western Conference teams, Denver's 10-6 record would be good enough for the third seed if they played in the Eastern Conference.

Through their first 16 games, the Nuggets are fourth in the NBA in points per game at 104.9, and eighth in Offensive Rating at 105.0 points per 100 possessions.

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Tonight, the Nets take on the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, looking to bounce back from Wednesday night's loss in Brooklyn. It will be the only trip to Houston for the Nets this season.

The Rockets are in second place in the Southwest division with an 11-5 record under coach Kevin McHale. Winners of six of their last seven games, the Rockets lead the NBA in points per game (109.0) and are second only to the Miami Heat in Offensive Rating, with 108.9 points per 100 possessions through 16 games this season.

The Nets are currently dead last in the NBA with a Defensive Rating of 106.1 through 15 games, but they may be getting a boost with Brook Lopez a game-time decision to return tonight.

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Tonight at the Barclays Center, the Nets will look to build off last night's victory and win two games in a row for the first time this season. The Los Angeles Lakers, who will be making their only trip to Brooklyn this season, stand in their way.

While the Lakers are one of the most illustrious teams in NBA history, they are in the midst of one of their leanest stretches in franchise history. They enter tonight's game in fourth place in the Pacific division, with a 7-8 record under coach Mike D'Antoni.

The most significant aspect of this year's Laker team isn't about who's on the court, but who hasn't been. Despite a lucrative contract extension he signed this week, future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant has not been medically cleared to play this season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg last?April.

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Tonight, the Nets look to get out of their recent 1-6 slide that's dropped them to a tie for last place in the Atlantic division.?The T-Wolves currently sit in third place in the Northwest, and while they do bring a 5-2 home record to the table, they've lost two in a row and three of their last four overall.

Brooklyn and Minnesota split their two matchups last season, with the road team victorious both times.

Minnesota is led by 25-year-old forward/center Kevin Love, an early season MVP candidate. He is averaging 25.4 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Love missed both games against the Nets last season due to injuries, so this will be the first time he's faced the Nets since their move to Brooklyn.

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Though today?s game may not be as high-profile as last week?s bout against the Cowboys, here are some storylines to watch:

RB Maurice Jones-Drew vs. Jets defense

With the untested Luke McCown behind center for the Jaguars, look for them to rely heavily on their running game and for Jones-Drew to get a high number of carries. According to Pro Football Focus, the Jaguars ran on 65% of their snaps last week. Jets ILB David Harris remains questionable for today?s game, and while his status may have an effect on the Jets? run defense, I expect them to hold strong.

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