Winners of three straight games and seven of their last eight, the surging Nets look to continue their recent run of knocking off fellow Eastern Conference playoff contenders, as they continue to jockey for position in a tightly-packed conference.
Nobody is going to catch the top-seeded Pacers or second-seeded Heat, but the three through six seeds are separated by just 3.5 games entering action on Saturday.
Brooklyn (.524 winning percentage) and Washington (.523) are in a virtual tie for fifth and sixth, making this game a crucial one for both teams. The Wizards won the first two meetings this season, meaning they've clinched the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Avoiding a season series sweep is big, but at this point in the season, every game is pretty big. The Wizards have had a nice season and appear playoff bound, and it's certainly a possibility that these two teams could see each other in the postseason.
The Wizards are led by fourth-year point guard John Wall, who made his first All-Star team this season.
The 23-year-old Wall is third in the NBA with 8.8 assists per game, and he's 20th in points per game at 19.6 PPG.
In the two previous games against the Nets, back in November and December, Wall averaged a double-double with 19.0 PPG and 10.0 APG.
Key Matchup: Wall will likely match up with Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston, the latter of which was briefly a teammate of Wall's with the Wizards last season.
Livingston has been a revelation for Brooklyn this season, and he's been giving opponents fits with his length on defense. Expect Livingston and Williams to both spend time matching up with Wall at times over the course of the game.
Player to Watch: Andray Blatche was amnestied by the Wizards back in July 2012, and you know he's always motivated to play against his former team. Blatche has been a key piece for Brooklyn, and he'll be a big part of the rotation again tonight.