On Wednesday night, the Brooklyn Nets will host the Denver Nuggets in the first of two match-ups between the two this season. It is also the last game before the teams take a break for All-Star weekend. This could make it easy for the Nets to be roughed up at home if they do not remain focused.
Over the last 10 games, these two teams have been heading in opposite directions. The Denver Nuggets have been hitting their stride as of late, winning eight of the last ten, and becoming the talk of the West during that stretch. An injury to Andre Iguodala has slowed the Nuggets down, and the Nets can take solace in the fact that Denver has lost the last two games in a row, both of them in heart-breaking fashion. First, they lost to the Boston Celtics in a triple overtime thriller, and then again on Tuesday night by the Toronto Raptors thanks to a last second Rudy Gay jump shot.
The Nets have been struggling over their last 10, winning just four and losing six. They won their last game against the Indiana Pacers, and they did so without Deron Williams, who is arguably the most important member of their roster. This is a good sign for the Nets, because Williams will be out again on Wednesday.
The importance of this game is that the two teams are nearly even in wins and losses, with the Nugget slightly ahead of the Nets. This makes for a very telling comparison of two teams hoping to make noise in the playoffs. With the second half of the season about to get underway, the Nets need to stay focus and not let a home game against a trophy team slip away.