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New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets Breakdown

| by KnicksFan

And thus the hour approacheth. The Knickerbockers laceth up their sneakers and prepareth the first salvo in a battle for supremacy over the city of York the Neweth, against the Nets’ forces that encroacheth closer now than the parched waste-dungeons to the west, where they once wereth.

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Knicks

Record: 9-3

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  • Offense: 1
  • Defense: 18
  • Overall: 2

Nets

8-4

  • Offense: 6
  • Defense: 19
  • Overall: 9

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Something’s gotta give:

  • The Nets get a lot of second chance points. They rank 7th in the league in OffReb%. The Knicks, as we know, are smallish, but they corral a fair amount defensive rebounds (10th in DefReb%). Can the Knicks keep New Jersey off the offensive glass?
  • Turnovers:
    • The Nets rank 24th in points off turnovers. The Knicks rank first in turnover rate.
      • Can the Knicks capitalize tonight by combining their care with the ball with the Nets’ ineptitude in converting on turnovers?
    • The Nets are 9th in turnover rate. The Knicks force turnovers at the third highest rate and are the 5th most efficient in converting them into points.
      •  Can the Knicks coerce the Nets to cough up more turnovers then they’re ordinarily prone to (>14ish, adjusted for pace) in order to capitalize on their own efficiency in converting turnovers?
  • Expect a slow game. Both teams are in the bottom five in pace.

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Offense, defense and overall rankings are based on ORtg, DRtg, and John Hollinger’s Power Rankings, respectively (which tells you far more than just NetRtg, which I was previously using). Hollinger’s method.

Source: NBA.com/stats; Espn.com

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