Brooklyn will have four days off following this game, so a win would garner some much-deserved rest as the Nets gear up for a lengthy eight-game road trip.
A stronger defensive effort will be key if the Nets plan on defeating the Hornets.
Deron Williams Off the Charts
Deron Williams continues his surging pace of play. He scored 27 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed six rebounds in Monday’s loss.
In the Nets’ Feb. 26 101-97 win over the Hornets in New Orleans, Williams scored the Nets final 11 points and finished with a game-high 33.
Williams has averaged 25.1 points in his last eight games, while shooting a ridiculous 50 percent (30-of-60) from three-point range.
Now that he’s healthy, he’s showing how important he is to the Nets. With Joe Johnson still not at 100 percent, these big games from D-Will are all the more necessary.
Anthony Davis Looking Sharp
Rookie sensation Anthony Davis only had six points and four meetings in the loss to the Nets earlier this season, but he left in in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, fording him to miss two games.
Since returning, he’s averaged 17.0 points and 12.3 rebounds in four games.
The Nets can’t let Davis beat them on the inside, like Spencer Hawes of the 76ers did on Monday.
Battle of the Twins
Brook Lopez earned just his second career victory in six tries against his twin brother Robin Lopez in Brooklyn’s win this season in New Orleans.
Still, that means Robin has won four matchups against his “older” brother, meaning past history favors Robin.
However, those win came when Robin’s former team, the Phoenix Suns, were a much better team than the New Jersey Nets.
The action tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on the YES Network.