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.
- Offense: 1
- Defense: 18
- Overall: 2
- Offense: 6
- Defense: 19
- Overall: 9
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.
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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