What has Brooklyn done lately?
Not surprisingly, the Nets have been losing a bunch of games. Since the calendar turned over to 2016, Brooklyn has a record of just 3-11. Hey, maybe they're just really big fans of the band. Their most recent win came two games ago against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yes, you read that right. The Nets beat the Thunder. In fact they beat them handily, 116-106. Hey, you know the saying, a blind squirrel yada yada yada...
What's the biggest matchup to watch?
Despite the fact that the Nets play basketball with as much foresight as a Kanye West Twitter rant but with none of the entertainment value, they still have some pretty good players on their roster. Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Thaddeus Young can all get buckets.
Lopez poses the biggest concern for the Mavericks, especially if Zaza Pachulia is still unable to play because of soreness in his lower right leg. If he can't play, it's likely that Salah Mejri will once again get the starting nod. Mejri has played well in his recent starts but Lopez is a premiere scoring big in the league. JaVale McGee will also likely see minutes guarding him.
Johnson, or Iso Joe as he is sometimes lovingly called, is averaging 11.5 points per game this season. It's his lowest scoring average since his second season in the league. However, he is still a capable outside scorer, shooing 36.8 percent on 3-pointers. He'll be guarded by Chandler Parsons and Wesley Matthews for most of the game.
As for Young, he's probably Brooklyn's most efficient scorer. He's averaging 51.1 percent on field goal attempts this season and does most of his work within 10 feet of the hoop. He's not going to step outside much but he has shot the 3-ball well in the past. It will be interesting watching him and Dirk Nowitzki go at it at both ends of the floor. They are completely different players.
What do the Mavs need to do to be successful against the Nets?
With the Nets being so, well, bad, you just have to know the potential for the Mavs to bumble this game is pretty high. Brooklyn allows a league-worst 51.6 percent shooting by their opponents so it's up to the Mavs to make their shots and make a lot of them. Opponents also steal the ball an average of nine times from the Nets. So, those two items right there are what the Mavericks need to do to win. Make shots and steal the ball. It's that easy!
It's never that easy. They'll find a way to Marvs the game up somehow. Mark my words.
How can you watch the game?
Tune your boob tube to FSSW at 7:30pm central and bask in the warm glow of basketball things. Or watch it on League Pass where available. Don't you wish it was available everywhere? Like, why blackout games just to prop up cable providers? Streaming services are the future of live sports so it's time everyone gets on board. If cable companies can't keep up with the changing times then they should fall by the wayside like VHS tapes.