Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Starting Five: Can Nets keep streak alive?
By Ohm Youngmisuk
The Nets can set a new franchise record for most consecutive home wins tonight against the Houston Rockets.
Considering that the Rockets will not have Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley due to injuries, the Nets might just be able to set that record. They’ve won 20 of their last 22 at home and are rolling at Barclays.
Which leads to the question: If the Nets win tonight, can they win out at home for the remainder of the regular season? There’s a very good chance they could.
If they win on Tuesday against the Rockets -- which will still be difficult even with Howard and Beverley out -- the Nets could potentially win all their remaining home games. After Houston, the Nets play four more home games against the Pistons, Hawks, Magic and Knicks.
Even if they don’t do that, the Nets will go into the playoffs filled with confidence whenever they play at Barclays. But they have a chance to set a franchise record and create even more home magic with a win tonight over Houston.
Up now: Home-court advantage could be vital to the Nets’ chances of getting out of the first round.
The Knicks won in Utah last night, so the Nets’ magic number is still one -- any combination of a Nets win or Knicks loss.
Net stat:The Nets are currently in the midst of one the greatest turnarounds in NBA history, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The Nets were 11 games below .500 before Jan. 1. They have gone 29-12 since (.707 win percentage). No team in NBA history entered the month of January at 10 or more games below .500 and went on to register a post-December win percentage of at least .600.
What’s next: The Nets host the Rockets tonight at 8 p.m.
Nets question: Do you think the Nets will win all their remaining home games?