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.
Brooklyn has won three straight games at the Barclays Center overall, holding opponents to just 90.3 points per game on 42.3% shooting in that span. Charlotte only averages 94.8 PPG, but they're coming off a tremendous shooting night on Tuesday.
The Bobcats shot a season-high 54.9% from the field Tuesday night, blowing out the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 114-89. This Bobcats squad is nothing to take lightly.
Clifford has got his team playing terrific defense, as they're allowing 96.9 opponent's points per game, fourth-best in the NBA. Their 101.0 Defensive Rating is sixth-best.
Charlotte is led offensively by their center, Al Jefferson, averaging 20.3 PPG and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Kemba Walker, who scored 31 points in the Bobcats' November win against the Nets, left last night's game with stiffness in his Achilles, and his status is uncertain for tonight's game.
Key Matchup: Whether or not Walker plays, the key for the Nets defense tonight is keeping Al Jefferson in check.
He'll be matching up with Kevin Garnett primarily, with Andray Blatche, Mason Plumlee, and perhaps Andrei Kirilenko getting the assignment at times as well.
Player to Watch: Plumlee has scored in double figures in three of his last six games, and he's coming off a career night in Sunday's win. Primarily a depth guy to start the year, the rookie has started to carve out a nice role for himself in recent weeks.