The Brooklyn Nets must continue to make up ground in the Eastern Conference even if that means getting a win outside of the country.
The Nets face the Atlanta Hawks Thursday in London. Both teams are looking to gain some ground in the standings while dealing with devastating injuries to their roster. The Hawks have won two of their last six games since the start of the new year while the Nets have won five of their last six, including a five-game wining streak that was snapped by the Toronto Raptors. The loss against the Raptors came on the heels of a back-to-back in which they went into overtime against the Miami Heat the night before.
With both teams getting ample rest before this game there is no excuse for fatigue, and everyone involved should have the energy to go triple overtime if necessary. The Nets will travel to London without their starting point-guard Deron Williams as he stayed back in the states to rest his ankle. This is nothing new to the team as they have been dealing with setbacks the entire season. Jason Kidd has his team playing their best basketball at the right moment, and they look ready to grab hold of the Atlantic Division.
The Hawks are sliding but still hold the fourth seed in the conference. Injuries to their best player Al Horford has them trying to shoot their way up the standings. With only Paul Millsap as their primary inside threat, the Hawks must rely on Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver to provide offense.
The Nets are facing a stretch of their schedule where they could easily make some noise. Another five-game winning streak is not out of the question, but first they will have to go London and clip the wings of the Hawks.