Tonight at 6 PM, your New Jersey Nets take on the decimated Cleveland Cavaliers at the Prudential Center.
The Nets should win this game. The Cavaliers have lost 12 of their last 14 games. Also, they will be playing without rookie Kyrie Irving, their best player, and Anthony Parker, another guard. Manny Harris, Donald Sloan, and Lester Hudson (who?) will try to fill in at the position. Still, the Nets recently lost to the Cavaliers on huge performances from Irving and Tristan Thompson and should not feel too relaxed heading into this game. The Nets might be motivated to make up for that loss to the Cavs.
While the Cavs are extremely shorthanded at guard, they still have some forwards who can score. Antawn Jamison is a crafty veteran who the Nets may have trouble containing. He picked up a double double the last time these teams met, scoring 13 points and collecting 13 rebounds. Also, Tristan Thompson torched the Nets for a career high 27 points and 13 rebounds in that game in mid-March. In sum, Shelden Williams and Kris Humphries will have their hands full tonight.
Nets – Cavs Matchups
Deron Williams vs. ????. Advantage: Williams
Deron Williams is an all star and the Cavaliers’ point guard tonight will be a D-League quality player. That player may be Lester Hudson or Donald Sloan. These players are such no-names. I wonder if Deron Williams will bring enough energy and excitement for this game to dominate.
MarShon Brooks vs. Manny Harris. Advantage: Brooks
This is a really bad matchup because MarShon’s shot has been very inconsistent lately and Manny Harris is very random. MarShon had a big game on Friday, so maybe he can build off that performance tonight. I really doubt he’ll play well though because he’s played so many poor games lately. Needless to say, I don’t think this matchup will sway the game much at all.
Gerald Wallace vs. Alonzo Gee. Advantage: Wallace
Gerald Wallace brings so much to the table every night. He plays great energy on defense, rebounds the ball, provides offense, and overall makes the team much better. Alonzo Gee on the other hand, is a player that is hard to watch.
Kris Humphries vs. Antawn Jamison. Advantage: Jamison
Firstly, I would much rather have Kris Humphries on my team than Antawn Jamison. However, I think Humphries matches up poorly with Jamison. Jamison is a crafty, experienced scorer who can shoot from distance and rebound well. Humphries is too undersized to contain Jamison on offense. Also, the Cavs will be looking to get as much scoring as possible from Jamison. Humphries should still get his Hump double double.
Tristan Thompson vs. Shelden Williams. Advantage: Thompson.
Shelden Williams always struggles on defense against athletic big men, like Thompson. Even though Shelden is much fatter than Thompson, he is not versatile enough to bully him on offense. I predict that Thompson will collect another double double against the Nets tonight.
I will leave all “bold predictions” to Jonah. He predicts a 103-95 victory for the Nets behind strong play from MarShon Brooks.