When: 7:30 p.m. EST
Where: Barclays Center
Watch: YES Network, FOX Sports GO
Listen: 101.9 FM, 660 AM
After the Nets put up a three-point barrage against the Bulls on Saturday, the two are meeting again in Brooklyn. The Bulls have nothing to play for outside revenge for being blown out on their home court, and the Nets will be motivated to give their fans one last win at Barclays Center this season. It will also be a chance for Brooklyn to notch its first three-game win streak this season.
Quincy Acy was the driving force on Saturday, dropping 21 points on a career-high six three-pointers. Acy has spent large stretches on the bench this season, but he plays hard and had some fun Saturday. His three-point celebration caught on with fans too. Guarding Acy might be a point of emphasis for the Bulls in this second go-around in the home-and-home.
Three things to watch for
After a roller-coaster start with the Nets, Allen Crabbe has never been hotter. Since sitting out the April 3 contest against the Philadelphia 76ers, he has had back-to-back 20+ point games and is dishing the ball nicely. Crabbe usually carries over his hot hand when he finds it, so another 20-point game on Monday would not be a surprise.
Since Caris LeVert is doubtful to play on Monday with right foot tendinitis, the Nets will need Crabbe even more so to deliver his expected minutes and step up in LeVert’s stead.
With the Nets building sizeable leads in the past two wins, Timofey Mozgov has seen some playing time, and he has made the most of it. He was active in the paint in both games, putting up five points and five rebounds in his seven minutes on Saturday. As DeMarre Carroll continues to sit out with a left hip strain, Kenny Atkinson might feel inclined to give Mozgov early minutes once again as the season winds down.
After a controversial beginning to the season, Bobby Portis has proven to be one of the few bright spots in a season to forget for the Chicago Bulls. After Saturday’s win, Bobby Portis did not take exception to the Nets’ three-point celebrations on the sideline and said he is looking forward to Monday night’s matchup, according to NetsDaily. The Bulls are in full tank mode, but for Portis, expect the sophomore forward to seek out revenge against the Nets on Monday.