It will be the second and final meeting between the two teams, with Brooklyn looking to earn a season split after the Blazers won in Brooklyn back in November. The Nets are just 6-32 at Portland all-time, but they won their previous game there last March.
The Blazers are led offensively by LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, who are eighth and 13th in the NBA, respectively, in points per game. Both average over 21 PPG, and Portland is the only team in the NBA with two scorers among the top 15.
Aldridge is seventh in the league averaging 11.4 rebounds per game, which is a big reason why the Blazers lead the NBA in both PPG and RPG as a team. He's missed the past four games due to a groin injury, however, and his status is uncertain tonight.
With the Nets missing their own All-Star big man, Brook Lopez, for the season, I'm sure they wouldn't mind if Aldridge sat out for just one more game.
The Blazers are a deep team, however, and their strong season in a tough Western Conference is no accident.
They've got five players averaging double figures in scoring, including Brook Lopez's twin brother Robin.
Key Matchup: If Aldridge plays, his matchup with Kevin Garnett is big. But whether he plays or not, the biggest matchup may be Damian Lillard vs. Deron Williams.
We all know the story by now. After acquiring Williams, the Nets traded a draft pick to Portland to acquire Gerald Wallace, and that draft pick ended up turning into Lillard.
The second-year point guard has played outstanding ball this year, while D-Will has struggled for the most part. However, Deron has picked his game up of late, and all eyes will be on the point guard battle tonight at the Moda Center in Portland.
Player to Watch: After successfully recovering from a nasty battle with an unholy dinner dish, Marcus Thornton is expected to make his Nets debut tonight. Thornton may be a key factor in the rotation with Shaun Livingston a game-time decision.