The Brooklyn Nets had a 6-game winning streak snapped at Boston Monday, but could get a tonic Tuesday in the Chicago Bulls, losers of 13 of their last 14.
The Brooklyn Nets return to Barclays Center Tuesday night for the back end of a back-to-back set, hosting the Chicago Bulls for a 7:30 p.m. Eastern tip.
The Nets (27-24) came up short Monday night to open the back-to-back, dropping a 112-104 decision to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden, but there may be no better opponent to have come into your building when you are trying to avoid a losing streak than the woeful Bulls.
Chicago (11-39) has lost three straight and 13 of its last 14 and comes off a 104-101 loss at home on Sunday to the team with the worst record in the NBA in the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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The Bulls are a bit banged up, with rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. out until at least mid-March with an injured left thumb and rookie forward Chandler Hutchison likely out until at least after the All-Star break with a fractured toe on his right foot.
Of course, Brooklyn is not going to have a lot of sympathy for a team dealing with a couple of injuries, since the Nets had 35 percent of their roster either inactive or not with the squad due to injury in Monday’s loss at Boston.
Treveon Graham, who had started the previous seven games at the 4, remained in Brooklyn while dealing with a sore lower back, while sixth man Spencer Dinwiddie underwent surgery Monday to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb, per NBA.com, and will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.
Add those two to the ongoing list of injured Nets that includes Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe, Dzanan Musa and Jared Dudley and the options are thin, particularly with two-way player Alan Williams still with the Long Island Nets in the NBA G League.
Brooklyn already has two wins over Chicago this season, winning twice at United Center earlier this season, including a 117-100 blowout in their last meeting on Jan. 6.
Even with Monday’s loss, the Nets are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the NBA’s third-best record in January at 10-3, their first month with double-digit wins since March 2014.
The Bulls are an NBA-worst 1-12 in January and have the second-worst net differential this month at minus-12.9 points per game.
Here are three things to watch when the Bulls and Nets meet for the first time this season in Brooklyn.