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Monday, February 18, 2013
Breaking down the schedule

By Mike Mazzeo

The schedule-makers didn't do the Nets many favors in second half of the 2012-13 season:

• The Nets will play 17 of their final 29 games on the road -- including an eight-game, 17-day trip from March 18 to April 3. They also have 10 back-to-back sets remaining.

• Sixteen of Brooklyn's remaining 29 games will come against teams with losing records. The Nets are 18-2 against sub-.500 teams (at time of game played).

• Following the All-Star break, the Nets will face Milwaukee twice and Houston and Memphis both once. Brooklyn has gone 0-4 combined versus these three opponents.

• The Nets will face the Dallas Mavericks, their main competition for Deron Williams in the offseason, twice: March 1 at home and March 20 on the road. Wonder what Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will have to say.

• The Nets will visit Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles (Clippers), Phoenix, Portland, Denver, Utah and Cleveland during their eight-game, 17-day trip.

• April provides the Nets with their "easiest" stretch. Six of their nine games in the month come against sub-.500 opponents.