A Brooklyn win would mark the first season sweep over the Pistons in the franchise’s 36-year history.
But the Pistons have won four games in a row and are looking for their first five-game winning streak since Dec. 4-12, 2009.
More Rest Likely on the Way
The Nets’ reserves fought back from a deficit Monday night to earn a win over the Washington Wizards.
Toko Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor made the most of their minutes. Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and Andray Blatche are all expected to contribute in the playoffs, so they received extended minutes in the win.
Gerald Wallace was the only regular starter to play, and continued his offensive struggles. He’ll likely see some time tonight to try to get into a rhythm before the playoffs start this weekend.
P.J. Carlesimo said his starters should all see some minutes tonight, but it will be on a limited basis.
Carlesimo Calls Out Blatche’s Conditioning
Blatche played a season-high 38 minutes in Monday’s win over his former team, as Lopez got the full night off.
Blatche scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but he was exhausted after the game. He’s averaged close to 19 minutes per game this season.
Carlesimo questioned Blatche’s conditioning after the game but said the extended minutes were good for Andray.
Blatche should again see increased time tonight, but he’ll be back to regular duty for the playoffs.
The Nets will be scoreboard watching tonight as the No. 5 seed in the playoffs is yet to be determined.
If the Bulls defeat the Wizards tonight, Chicago is the No. 5 seed and will play the Nets in the first round.
For the Hawks to get the No. 5 seed, Atlanta would have to defeat the Knicks tonight and rely on the Wizards to beat the Bulls, since the Bulls hold the tiebreaker over the Hawks.
The Hawks appear content playing the No. 3 seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round, but then again the Knicks will be resting their starters, so it’s up in the air of what to expect tonight.
The action tips off at 8 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.