In that previous matchup back on January 8, the Nets stormed back from a 16-point deficit to complete a dramatic comeback, riding a monster fourth quarter from Kevin Garnett to snap the Warriors' 10-game win streak in stunning fashion.
Stephen Curry scored 34 points in that game, but only shot 2-of-10 from behind three-point territory, and Brooklyn was able to chip away at the lead due in large part to their bench, which outscored Golden State's reserves 36-17 in that game.
The Warriors have since traded for veteran point guard Steve Blake in an effort to boost their bench production, while the Nets are hoping that new acquisition Marcus Thornton will be able to make his team debut tonight despite battling food poisoning.
Golden State enters tonight in seventh place in the Western Conference, at 33-22 overall. They are 17-10 at home at the Oracle Arena, while the Nets are only 9-16 on the road. The Nets are also a surprising 10-9 against the West this year, however.
The Warriors have a strong starting five, led by Curry, who is averaging career highs in points (24.4) and assists (8.9) per game.
The All-Star guard is one of four Warriors averaging over 10 PPG, and Curry leads the NBA in three-pointers and attempts this season after leading the league in three-point makes and attempts last season too.
Key Matchup: With all due respect to David Lee, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Harrison Barnes, the primary focus for the Nets has to be keeping Curry in check. That will probably be a job for Shaun Livingston to start things off. Alan Anderson might be in that mix at times as well.
Player to Watch: Newly acquired Marcus Thornton is pushing hard to play tonight after passing his physical and participating in shoot-around this morning. A bad case of food poisoning has Thornton listed as a game-time decision at press time.