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.
Sanders has never been much of an offensive threat, but he's a strong shot blocker and rebounder. He may give the Nets fits in the paint, where the Nets will be operating without their best interior scorer.
Key Matchup: Kevin Garnett will likely match up with Sanders on the inside in what should be an entertaining battle on the glass. The Bucks are not a very tall team overall, but Sanders' presence will provide a big challenge inside the paint.
Player to Watch: Mirza Teletovic will come off the bench tonight, despite playing pretty well in his role as a starter lately. On a per minute basis, Teletovic has scored more points as a starter than as a reserve, with a better field goal percentage, more assists, fewer turnovers and more blocks as well.
His Offensive Rating and Defensive Rating are both also more efficient as a starter, and while his rebounding numbers have gone down in his role as a starter, that could be due to facing better competition. Keep an eye on how Teletovic responds tonight.