Brooklyn is currently in the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference with the Bulls occupying the No. 6 seed.
Chicago has struggled recently with injuries, which has made it difficult for the team to catch the Nets.
Joe Johnson Could Return Tonight
Joe Johnson has missed the past five games with a bruised quad and sore heel, but after he got a full practice in Tuesday, it was really a matter of days before he fully returned.
He wound up not playing last night, which should mean that he is good to go tonight against the Bulls.
The Nets have played well on the whole in Johnson’s absence, but if the team plans on making any postseason run, “Joe Smooth” will obviously be a major part of that success.
Gerald Wallace’s status (sore foot) is uncertain after missing last night’s game.
Career Night for MarShon Brooks
With Johnson sidelined, MarShon Brooks poured in a career-high 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting in Wednesday’s win over the Cavaliers.
Brooks must continue to be an instant source of offense for the Nets, mainly off the bench when he gets back into his accustomed role.
Even if Johnson plays, expect to see Brooks a bit more than normal, as Johnson eases back into action.
Bulls Will Play Shorthanded
The list of injured Bulls’ players continues to grow, as power forward Taj Gibson re-aggravated a left knee injury Tuesday that had previously caused him to miss 10 games earlier this season.
Chicago will already be without Joakim Noah (foot), Richard Hamilton (back) and Marco Belinelli (abdominal strain). And of course the team had played all season without superstar point guard Derrick Rose (knee).
Gibson is questionable for tonight’s game.
A Few Good Games in This Series
These teams have played three competitive games against each other this season, with the Bulls holding a 2-1 advantage.
Chicago managed an 83-82 home win over Brooklyn on Dec. 15 but fell 93-89 Feb. 1 at Barclays Center. The Bulls earned the most recent victory, a 96-85 win on March 2 in Chicago.
The home team has won every game of the season series, and the Nets hope that trend continues this evening.
The action tips off at 7 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network and TNT.