If they can do so and come out on top, they’ll earn one of their biggest confidence-boosting victories of the season.
At 42-28, Dallas currently holds the seventh-best record in the Western Conference, but simply beating what projects to be a playoff team in the West isn’t what Brooklyn needs to lift their spirits even higher than they already are. However, defeating a team with such qualifications on the road will.
Brooklyn has had all sorts of struggles on the road this season, with the majority of them coming against the top eight teams out West. Unable to exit with victories in Portland, San Antonio, L.A.C., Houston and Oakland throughout the season, Dallas will present a nagging, personal challenge for the Nets tonight.
Adopting such a mentality will be necessary, as approaching a road game as a must-win situation will provide preparation for the playoffs, which aren’t all that far away at this point. Going up against volume scorers such as Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis will also force the Nets to ratchet up their intensity even further. That won’t hurt at all either.
Road confrontations with Western opponents have been quite the hurdle for Brooklyn in 2013-14. This will be their opportunity to get over one for the first time in a long time and keep their good mojo flowing.