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DIME PREVIEW: Nets at Knicks

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The Deal

Tonight, we have two teams whose fans detest each other; two teams from the same neighborhood playing a home-and-home as both squads look to improve their playoff position. This one's going to be good.

The Weapons

The , who came with a balanced attack in their 101-95 win over NYK on Wednesday, have succeeded with essentially the same players who helped the team win the Eastern Conference Championship last season. Kidd and Kenyon are the biggest factors in the back and frontcourt, respectively. Aside from Kidd, the rest of the backcourt has stepped up its play, with and especially playing solid basketball. Plus, 'Dik is expected back from injury any day now. Even if he has nothing to offer other than a shot blocking presence in the middle, that's all the can ask for. And looking down the road, Dikembe represents six fouls to be used on any one of a number of Western Conference big men. New York's run at the postseason has been largely unanticipated, especially following the injury to (remember that?). has managed to reach his potential at times this season, scoring 40-plus multiple times. Down low, is one of the hardest-working, most underrated big men in the game.

The Drama

The are 2.5 games behind Washington for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East while is just a half-game up on Philly for the second spot. Both Washington and Milwaukee, the other team battling for the 8th spot, have played uninspired ball as of late, meaning that the spot belongs to New York if they want it bad enough. The fundamental issues with the are that they don't have a point guard, they don't have a true big man and we're not sure they have anything close to the amount of heart it's going to take to pull them into the second season. Thus not only do the not win tonight, they don't make the playoffs. Sorry, New York. Forecast: 103-86
Tagged: Nets, Knicks, Washington

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