The Brooklyn Nets head into this week looking to maintain momentum coming off two of their best wins of the season versus the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors. Defensively the Nets looked like a different team this past week, showing much improved effort and communication. Unfortunately Kevin Durant will miss the next two games due to a left hamstring strain, but the Nets must still take the energy they’ve been building into this week’s games. The Nets open up the week versus the Sacramento Kings, and then go on to play the Phoenix Suns and LA Lakers. This week will certainly not be easy, as no West Coast road trip is, but if the Nets continue with their improved defense all of these games will be interesting.
Sacramento Kings (2/15)
The Nets head to Sacramento to face a Kings team led by rising point guard De’Aaron Fox. The Kings have a lot of players who can create their own shot and get hot quickly and are also an above average defensive team, so the Nets must not come into this game relaxed, as they usually do versus below .500 teams. Because if they do, we could see a repeat of last Tuesday versus the Piston or the countless other times the Nets have lost to an inferior team this season. The Kings are the perfect opportunity for the Nets to prove that they can beat some of the lower seeded teams, it is just going to take an overall increase in effort. Even without Kevin Durant, the Nets should look to maintain their momentum and be able to win this by a steady amount to continue their win streak.
Phoenix Suns (2/16)
On the second night of a back to back, the Nets take on one of the hottest teams in the league, the Phoenix Suns. The Suns have currently won 6 straight games and are one of the better teams in the very tough Western Conference. The Nets will certainly have their hands full trying to guard Devin Booker and Chris Paul, one of the best backcourts in the entire league. Both of these teams play excellent against the top teams in the league, as the Nets have the most wins versus Top 10 teams followed by the Suns. The Suns have recently found their identity while the Nets are still searching for theirs, making this game a highly anticipated one.
Los Angeles Lakers (2/18)
In a battle of the superstars, the Nets head to LA to take on the Lakers, the reigning champions. This electric matchup will hopefully feature Kevin Durant’s return in order for him to take on his long time rival Lebron James. There isn’t much to say about the Lakers other than they are one of if not the best team in the entire league. All eyes will be on this game on Thursday, and each team will have to bring their A game. This will be a perfect chance for us to see if the Nets have what it takes to truly compete with the best of the best.
Overall, the Nets head into this week looking to maintain momentum and to build off success from their last 2 games. If the defensive is finally turning a corner we may finally see the Nets able to string together a couple of wins in a row. And the Nets certainly want to get as many wins as possible before the all star break.