Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers Pre-Game Report

Jan 5, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) dribbles in on Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) in the first half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-109. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 5, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11) dribbles in on Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) in the first half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-109. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets have lost 18 of their last 19 games and seven straight. They will look to snap their losing streak when the Indiana Pacers come to town.

The Brooklyn Nets will look to snap their seven game losing streak when the Indiana Pacers come to town. These two teams have faced off three times so far this season with the Nets winning the first one and the Pacers winning the next two in relatively convincing fashion.

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While the Nets are on a seven game losing streak, the Pacers are doing pretty darn good. Indiana is currently on a four game winning streak and sit at 26-22 on the season after a surprisingly slow start.

The Brooklyn Nets have had a rough season but they have been trying to play more and more of their young guys. Isaiah Whitehead finally made it back into the starting lineup against the Knicks. Caris LeVert has been getting more and more quality and valuable minutes. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was even put into the starting lineup against the Knicks, too.

Brooklyn will need to play really really well for a full 48 minutes if they are going to come away with the win. Brooklyn has beaten this team before, so there is hope they will accomplish that feat again.

Jan 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) drives against New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 12, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert (22) drives against New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (11) during the third quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Keys to Victory:

1. Play Caris LeVert good minutes

Caris LeVert seems to be at 100 percent after all of his surgeries the past year and he is a lot of fun to watch. Not only is he fun to watch, he is also really good. In three of his last four games played, LeVert has scored double digits. LeVert is also a solid rebounder and good defender. He brings energy and athleticism to the floor. He has been playing more and more minutes of late and it is only a matter of time before he is a starter. If Brooklyn wants to be in this game and win, LeVert needs to play good minutes where he can produce and help the team.

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2.Do not let Paul George take over the game

Paul George is one of the better players in the NBA. George is averaging 22.6 points per game this season and can very easily take over the game. He can bear you with his shot and he can beat you driving to the hoop. Brooklyn needs to pay Paul George good attention tonight and force him into as many uncomfortable situations as possible. They did it to Carmelo Anthony Wednesday, hopefully they can do it to George too.

3. Let Brook Lopez work it down low

Brook Lopez is the team’s main scorer so feed him the ball. Lopez has taken a strong liking to the three-point shot, but his abilities down low on offense are extraordinary. Give Lopez the ball down low as much as possible and let him work the opposition and let him get in position for an easy bucket. Yes, Lopez can take his fair share of three’s, but getting him the ball down low for easy buckets and confidence boosters and free-throws is always a great ideology.

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Players to Watch:

Brooklyn:

Isaiah Whitehead. He struggled a bit in his return to the starting lineup Wednesday against New York. Whitehead has the ability to score and control this offense. Watch for him to have better numbers this time out in an effort to protect his starting spot.

Indiana:

Thaddeus Young. He was a great Brooklyn Net. He loved the city and the team , but it was hard to say no to Caris LeVert in the trade that sent Young to Indiana. It will be fun watching Young return once again to his former home court for a matchup with Brook Lopez and Trevor Booker.

Dec 30, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) shoots the ball as Washington Wizards forward Andrew Nicholson (44) defends in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 118-95. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 30, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Isaiah Whitehead (15) shoots the ball as Washington Wizards forward Andrew Nicholson (44) defends in the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 118-95. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Starting Lineups:

Brooklyn:

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Indiana:

  • PG: Jeff Teague
  • SG: C.J. Miles
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Thaddeus Young
  • C: Myles Turner

Injuries:

Brooklyn:

Jeremy Lin (hamstring, OUT) Joe Harris (ankle, QUESTIONABLE)

Indiana:

Kevin Seraphin, Rodney Stuckey, Rakeem Christmas

Key Matchup:

The key matchup will be Isaiah Whitehead (presumably, or whoever starts in his place) versus Jeff Teague. The Pacers made a bold move to acquire Teague in a three-team trade, and it has paid off. Teague got off to a slow start but has really picked it up as of late. It will be up to Whitehead to try and slow down the dynamic point guard from finding the open shot or making the open shot.

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