By Cory Orlando | Dec 11, 2012 06:51 PM EST
The Brooklyn Nets face off the New York Knicks in their second match up since Nov. 26.
The game is playing at the Nets home venue, the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 7 p.m. EST tonight. It will be broadcast live on YES, MSG, ESPN, and streaming live online here.
In their previous match up, the Nets won 96-89 in overtime. The Nets' main problem that they are going to have to face tonight is the fact that center Brook Lopez might still not be playing. Lopez has missed the past couple of games due to a mild foot sprain and the Nets coach is not convinced he is ready to come back yet.
"It's such a long year that you want to make sure that mentally he's ready to play in an NBA game. Monday being his first time 5-on-5, and the pace of practice is a lot different than a game, so we don't want to rush him, and we want him to be comfortable and confident when he goes on that court," Nets' general manager said.
If Lopez is out for this game, it is up to point guard Deron Williams to step up the game for the Nets.
On the opposing team, making his first appearance versus the Nets this season is New York Knick's Jason Kidd. His back spasms have subsided and have been proved to be better after coming off 17-point, seven-assist game in Sunday's win over the Nuggets. Kidd was not able to play versus the first matchup against the Nets but plans to get a taste of the Nets after tonight's game.
The Nets have taking a pounding, losing four games in a row since their five-game winning streak. Their record is 7-4 at home and will they visit Toronto on Wednesday night. The Nets will start with Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans up front against the Knicks.
With a record of 15-5 for the Knicks and 11-8 for the Nets, it will be a close matchup and competitive rivalry between these two teams.
With only four times during the regular season, these two New York teams will be battling out in the court for a win in their home state. The rivalry extends beyond just what happens on the court and is taken more personally to many of the fans given the shared home turf.
Who do you think will win tonight? The Nets or the Knicks?