It has been a season of firsts for the Brooklyn Nets, and they can get another one tonight. If the Philadelphia 76ers lose on the road against the Denver Nuggets tonight (the Nuggets currently have the best home record in the NBA), the Nets will clinch their first playoff spot since 2007 when they had Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, and Richard Jefferson.
If the Sixers lose tonight, they will have 42 losses, which is also the most possible losses the Nets could get if they didn’t win a game the rest of the season. The Nets would own the tie breaker against Philadelphia and therefore make the playoffs ahead of the Sixers. The Nets have not been apart of the NBA playoffs for a very long 6 seasons.
The Nets currently have the longest playoff drought in the eastern conference. Only the Warriors, Kings, and Timberwolves have longer droughts in the NBA.
One of the Nets’ goals heading into the season was to make the playoffs, which they will certainly do this season. Now, the key will be locking up home court advantage and possibly winning the Atlantic Division. Brooklyn is only 1 game behind Manhattan for the division lead, but Boston is still hanging around just behind the two New York teams.
The Nets continue their western road trip on Saturday night against the Clippers.