NBA Preview: Brooklyn Nets Must Not Overlook Utah Jazz

Nets vs Jazz

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The Brooklyn Nets have to be feeling good about their basketball team over the past month and half. They are 14-6 in 2014 and have been looking like a team that has a championship in their sights. They sent two players to All-Star Weekend in Joe Johnson and Mason Plumlee and got much needed rest during the break.

The time has come for the Nets to make a run, but that run will have to be done on the road as they play six straight games on the road beginning Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are going through a rebuilding process this season as their record indicates. They are in the midst of a modest three-game winning streak that includes a win over the Miami Heat.

The Jazz will try to pound the ball inside against the smaller Nets as Paul Pierce will be forced to deal with the underachieving Derrick Favors. Kevin Garnett will have his hands full against the banger Enes Katner. The showdown to watch will be in the backcourt as Deron Williams will go against rookie Trey Burke and Johnson will have his hands full guarding shooting sensation Gordon Hayward.

This is a must win for the Nets as they do not want to fall any further behind the Toronto Raptors on the Atlantic Division standings. They currently sit in seventh place in the East playoff picture but are looking to climb higher. This is a game the Nets have to take seriously regardless of their opponents record. A victory tonight would be a great way to start the second half of the season and send a message to the rest of the league that the Nets can handle business on the road.

Mark T. Wilson is a Brooklyn Nets writer for RantSports.com.
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