Brooklyn have one of the worst records in the NBA having lost all but two of their seven games, including an 86-107 loss against the equally struggling Sacramento Kings on Wednesday 13 November. And with another game against Western Conference play-off hopefuls before facing the Clippers, a win at the Staples Center could be a step too far for the New York side.
Shipping in an average of 101 points per game, the Nets have suffered defeat against fellow strugglers Cleveland and Washington this season, whilst recently the Pacers have also seen them off in their astonishing eight game unbeaten run.
The Clippers on the other hand are on the back of an impressive win against Durant’s City Thunder and is backed up by a three game unbeaten run which has also seen them down the Timberwolves at the Staples Center. Matching the Timberwolves pound-for-pound the Clippers took advantage during an impressive middle period on November 11, whilst two days later a 30 point third quarter also saw off OKC. This should be an area the Los Angeles side target again, with the Nets finding it difficult to find their feet in the middle period, and with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in supreme form the last few weeks, the Clippers should prove too much, especially in the second and third stages.
Paul has been flying all season. His 14 points and 16 assists in their win over Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, was the first time since Magic Johnson in 1990 to produce double figures in both categories in the first nine games.
They are comfortably in a play-off position in the Western Conference, and shouldn’t have any problems against a Nets side that have yet to win on the road.
However, the Nets’ season isn’t a total write-off, with the Knicks just ahead of them and the Celtics, who take up the final play-off position, only two wins away, a Brooklyn win will boost their hopes for the season dramatically, and give Jason Kidd’s men a fighting chance of glory.
It would be a huge task to turn their fortunes at the Clippers though, and with the Clippers being fully rested from Wednesday evening, the score could prove embarrassing for the Atlantic Division side.