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Nets vs. Pelicans Preview: Can Brooklyn Slow High-Flying Pelicans?

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The Brooklyn Nets and the New Orleans Pelicans are having mirror seasons with each team failing to live up to their preseason expectations.

The Pelicans are a young and vibrant group of players that are still learning the game while trying to fit young egos into one team. The Nets are a group of intelligent veterans that have just recently figured out each of their roles and are now showing that they can be a force in the NBA.

With new lineups always come change and adjustments, and both teams have had their fair share of up and downs. The Pelicans have been without their star point guard Jrue Holiday for a few weeks now and they have felt the effect of his absence. Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis have continued to carry this team both offensively and defensively, but they must receive help if they have any chance of team success.

Tyreke Evans has been going through a struggle this season as he tries to find his place on the team. He has to get his mind right if they want to make a claim for the final playoff spot.

The Nets have their destiny in their own hands and have played inspiring ball since the beginning of the new year. Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are staking claim as one of the best backcourts in the league.  Kevin Garnett has a bounce in his step that was missing during the first half of the season as his play has improved over the last month.

The Nets have to rely on production from their bench, and that means Andray Blatche, Andrei Kirilenko and Mirza Teletovic will need to continue to perform at a high level if the team is to make a run.

The Pelicans and Nets both started slow, but both teams seem to have found their second wind as of late. Will the Nets be able to slow down the fast-breaking, high-flying offense the Pelicans display? Will the Pelicans have the patience and poise to disrupt the half-court execution of the Nets?