The Brooklyn Nets haven’t won six straight games this season. They’ll have a chance to do it for the first time Sunday when they host the Indiana Pacers at the Barclays Center (6 p.m. ET). Here’s what we’ll be watching for:
PLAYING UP OR PLAYING DOWN? Like the Nets (21-15), the Pacers (23-14) are streaking, having won 13 of 16. Paul George has emerged as their go-to scorer in Danny Granger’s absence. But George missed Saturday night’s 96-88 win over the Charlotte Bobcats thanks to the flu, and it is unknown whether he’ll be available Sunday.
Brooklyn is an NBA-best 14-0 against teams with sub-.500 records (at time game was played) but just 7-15 against teams with .500-or-better records (0-5 without Brook Lopez). The Nets have won their past three games by 20 points each -- the first time they’ve done so in the franchise’s NBA history.
INJURY UPDATE: Gerald Wallace (bruised ribs) is out. Deron Williams (right thigh contusion) is questionable. Kris Humphries (sore left ankle) is a game-time decision. Jerry Stackhouse (sore hamstring) and Mirza Teletovic (illness) are probable.
ALL-STAR STATS: In his past five games, D-Will is averaging 19 points, 8.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds. He’s shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the free throw line (26-for-26).
THIRD IS THE GOOD WORD: The Nets have been a terrible third-quarter team all season, but in their past two third quarters, they’re averaging 31.5 points while holding their opponents to 35.9 percent from the field.
P.J.’S IMPRINT: The Nets are 7-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Here’s why:
Past eight games: points per game (102.2); field goal percentage (46.4); rebound margin (plus-6.2).
First 28 games: points per game (94.5); field goal percentage (43.8); rebound margin (plus-1.2).
GLASS MAN: In his past two games, Reggie Evans has grabbed 38 rebounds.