WHAT: Vince Carter is in town, which is awesome. Jeremy Lin is in town, too. The Nets are looking to get back on track after an ugly loss to the Celtics against a Hawks team that is hoping to lose this game.
WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn NY
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, FSSE-ATL; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
Atlanta is, by most measures, Bad. They are owners of the 27th ranked Net Rating in the league and the 30th ranked Turnover Percentage which is unsurprising due to their top- ranked Pace which, especially for a young and bad team, can cause plenty of errant passes and missed plays. They do make a decent amount of threes, ranking 10th in the league with 11.6 per game, but shoot a 27th ranked 33.6 percent. They run, they chuck up shots, and they allow their opponents to score a league-worst 117.6 points per game.
Their brightest bright spot is probably John Collins, who has all the tools to be one of the better big men in the NBA in a few years. Averaging a double-double of 18.3 points and 10.3 rebounds going into Tuesday night (all these stats are prior to Tuesday’s game, by the way, but I don’t really think Atlanta is going to change much in 24 hours) he plays a fluid, versatile game with his biggest flaw being that he fouls a bit too much which is almost every young big man’s issue anyway. He possesses enough of a jumper to at least demand some attention at the perimeter which makes him a little more dangerous setting screens for guys like Lin and Young.
For more on the Hawks, check out: Peachtree Hoops
While the Nets aren’t quite the Raptors in terms of talent and overall standing, Brooklyn has operated at an impressive level in recent days and, perhaps more importantly, they come into this game having rested on Tuesday. The Nets are 12-4 since a rough, 8-18 start and, in general, former Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson has his team in the playoff mix in the Eastern Conference.
Brooklyn did fall short in its last game, a 21-point loss to the Boston Celtics, but they are favored (at least in Las Vegas) to topple the Hawks at home in this spot. The Nets will be without Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in this match-up but both Joe Harris and old friend DeMarre Carroll are listed as questionable, setting the stage for a team that is well suited to match up with the Hawks.