From preseason favorites to play-in contenders, the Nets have had one helluva ride this year… buuuut now it’s their time! Post-James Harden trade, Brooklyn totaled 123.6 points per 100 possessions (!!) with Durant and Irving on the floor
The Cavaliers have slowed down since the injury bug hit, but factoring in the Nets’ poor No. 20-ranked defense and the likely absence of Cleveland defensive anchor center Jarrett Allen, this game could be a high-scoring, high-stats affair on both sides.
Durant is about to play BIG MINUTES and feast on a defense missing its primary rim protector in Allen. On the season, Durant averaged 29.9 points per game, scoring at least 30 points in three of his last five, including DROPPIN’ 36 in the last contest vs. Cleveland.
Not as in love with this one, but THE NETS ARE GONNA EAT!! Irving has shot well from deep at 41.8% this season and we have a sneaky suspicion he’s going to have a hot hand against the Cavs. Irving’s hit at least three 3s in three out of the last five games
Mobley’s been crashing the boards like a BOSS this season, averaging 8.3 rebounds. I love him to dominate the glass in his third game back from an ankle injury.
Garland is DISHIN’ this season, averaging 8.6 assists per game. He knows what needs to be done without Allen on the floor, and has hit the over on assists in three of his last five contests.