The Brooklyn Nets enter their game Sunday night against the Dallas Mavericks riding a modest three-game winning streak and eight of their last 10 games. To say they have officially turned the corner in their season would be an understatement.
The Nets are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, and have a great shot at reaching third. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson are now rounding into form as one of the prolific backcourts in the NBA. The frontcourt has flourished, minus the inside presence of Kevin Garnett, who has missed the last 11 games due to back problems.
The Mavericks are currently the seventh seed in the highly competitive Western Conference. Nothing in the west is guaranteed, and the Mavericks can miss out on the plays altogether. They are just half game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies and a game and half ahead of the Phoenix Suns. The Mavericks are lead by a veteran group of players such as Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter and Monta Ellis.
This game should come down to perimeter play, as both teams are not the strongest in the paint. Any game that features Norwitzki, Williams, Johnson, Ellis and Marcus Thornton should be a highly entertaining three-point shooting contest. Both teams need a victory to keep step in their chase for a playoff berth. While a loss won’t hurt the Nets’ chances, it could put a damper on the hopes of the Mavericks.
As the season winds down, the Nets are in position for home-court through the first round of the playoffs. The Mavericks are just another team that stands in their way as they continue to make up for a disappointment start to their season. By the end of the game, Dallas will be another playoff bound team that has fallen to the resurgent Nets.