After two back-to-back disappointing losses, the Nets play their second game of a six-game homestand. Tonight, they play the unbeaten Atlanta Hawks who have very quietly scored the most points per game this season with 124.7.
Atlanta Hawks’ impressive start
Trae Young has had a great start in his third season in the league. Averaging 34 points per game on 53.1% shooting. He’s continuing to prove that he is one of the best point guards in this league.
Outside of Young, the Hawks are loaded with young talent. John Collins, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, and Kevin Huerter are just a couple of names that have made these Hawks one of the biggest surprises this season.
Rajon Rondo played his first game for the Hawks on Monday dropping 12 points and dishing out eight assists. In a possible first-round preview it’ll be interesting to see how Atlanta stacks up to Brooklyn.
After two great blowout wins against the Warriors and Celtics the Nets have lost two in a row. On Monday versus the Grizzlies, Steve Nash rested Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. but both of them are expected to play against Atlanta.
Some Nets fans might remember last season Kyrie Irving scored 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field against the Hawks in his first game back from injury.
If there is one player who looked great in these last two games, it’s Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Against the Grizzlies, he made a really good argument for more playing time scoring 21 points.
With Spencer Dinwiddie out, the Nets now are without a starting shooting guard. The most logical move is to move Joe Harris to shooting guard and move Durant to small forward and start another power forward. In this scenario, Jeff Green will most likely be starting. Either way, expect a big
increase in minutes in Luwawu-Cabarrot.
What to look out for
It’s gonna be a great point guard matchup as Kyrie Irving will go up against Trae Young for the fifth time in their careers. Irving is 4-0 vs Trae Young and has averaged 24 points per game against Young.
Durant has played against Trae Young only two times before winning both matchups.
This’s a good opportunity for Brooklyn to get a winning streak going. As a matter of fact, the Nets will play Atlanta again on Friday then they will play against the Wizards.