On Wednesday night the San Antonio Spurs (13-4) will look to continue their eight game win streak. They take on the Brooklyn Nets (7-9) at the Barclays Center. The two teams previously met on November 22 and the Spurs won the game 99-87 in San Antonio.
The Spurs will be well rested as Tony Parker and Tim Duncan both rested in their win on Monday against Philadelphia. The Nets on the other hand are coming off a five point win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday. The Spurs not only hold the edge in terms of talent, but had an extra day off and their two primary players haven’t played since Sunday.
1.) Push the Tempo
As I mentioned before the Nets will be in the second game of a back-to-back when they take on the Spurs. While the Spurs are certainly not the Warriors or Suns, in terms of running and gunning, they do so better than Brooklyn. With the Nets having played the night before, it should make the Spurs push the ball more. The Nets are 0-5 when their opponent reaches the century mark in scoring.
2.) Contain Deron Williams
Deron Williams is no longer the player he once was in Utah but he has bounced back this season. Williams is averaging 17.9 points and 6.3 assists. Williams is much stronger than Parker so the Spurs must play good team defense. He has been one of the more consistent guards in the league, as he has scored in double digits every game. He had 24 points and 7 assists in their first meeting with the Spurs in late November.
3.) Bench Play
The Spurs bench is strong, but the Brooklyn Nets bench also has talent. The Nets bring Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic and Jarrett Jack off the bench. Teletovic and Jack average 10 points apiece. If the Spurs bench isn’t careful the Nets bench could light them up. Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, Aron Baynes and Matt Bonner must step up in this one.
–Joe Johnson is coming a 19 point second half, after a slow start against Knicks.
-Deron Williams is 14-28 (.50) in his last six games from three point range.
-Tony Parker leads the league in three point percentage (67%).
-Spurs 11-1 in last 12 games.