The Brooklyn Nets have the 3rd-toughest remaining schedule out of all 30 NBA teams. These 4 games could be the difference-makers when it comes to a promising playoff run.
If there’s one thing we have learned throughout the 2018-19 NBA season, it’s that no win is impossible for this resilient Brooklyn Nets team.
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The Brooklyn Nets have exceeded even the most outlandish expectations thus far. The team entered All-Star break with a shocking 30-29 record. Their win-pace, if held consistent over the course of a full 82-game season, would mean a 42-40 finish.
This would be Brooklyn’s best regular season since the somewhat underwhelming 44-win (air quote) superteam 2013-14 Nets.
General manager Sean Marks helped orchestrate one of the most impressive rebuilds in recent memory. In the span of three years, Marks turned a bottom-dweller into a playoff hopeful through genius draft-day trades, waiver pick-ups, and strong veteran signings.
Preseason expectations for Brooklyn’s current group weren’t exactly lofty. Most betting sites projected the Nets to win between 32 and 33 games.
Although this was a slight uptick from Brooklyn’s 28-win finish from the previous season, it still suggested that Brooklyn would be one of the 14 teams selecting in the 2019 NBA draft lottery.
Yet, somehow, Brooklyn is firmly in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. In fact, they have the opportunity to surpass that projected 32-win total as early as Monday against the San Antonio Spurs.
Brooklyn currently has a two-game lead over the seventh-place Charlotte Hornets and a 2½-game advantage above the eighth-place Detroit Pistons.
Brooklyn’s remaining schedule is nothing to scoff at. Per tankathon.com, The Nets’ upcoming opponents have a collective winning percentage of .541. That’s the third-toughest schedule and it’s highlighted by an unrelenting seven-game stretch.
With this mind, let’s take a look at the four toughest matchups on the horizon for the Brooklyn Nets.