Nets vs. Bobcats, 7:30 P.M. EST:
Preview And A Brief List Of Reasons To Watch

Tonight: The 43-32 Brooklyn Nets, clinging to the fourth seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, are at home for the second game of a three-game homestand, taking on the 18-58 Charlotte Bobcats at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The game is at 7:30 P.M. EST. The Bobcats, despite their less-than-stellar record, have won four of their last ten games, but most recently dropped an 89-79 loss to a shorthanded Miami Heat.

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Watch & Listen: Tonight’s game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian Eagle & Jim Spanarkel are on the call. The game is also broadcast on ESPN — JUST KIDDING, THIS IS NETS-BOBCATS DUH. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.

More on tonight’s game, including injuries and stats, after the jump.

Out: Via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post, Kris Humphries is inactive with sickness. For Charlotte, DeSagana Diop and Brendan Haywood are out for the season. Byron Mullens and Ramon Sessions are not expected to play.

Starting Lineups:
Charlotte Bobcats: Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Josh McRoberts, Bismack Biyombo (167 minutes, +/- -16.7 per 100 possessions)
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez (565 minutes, +/- +.9 per 100 possessions)

Advanced Statistics:
Charlotte Bobcats: 98.1 offensive rating (29th), 109.2 defensive rating (30th), 94.11 possessions per game (5th)
Brooklyn Nets: 104.6 offensive rating (9th), 103.8 defensive rating (19th), 90.94 possessions per game (29th)

A Brief List Of Reasons To Watch Tonight’s Nets-Bobcats Game:

  • The Charlotte Bobcats are really, really bad.
  • Kemba Walker was born in the Bronx, which is, like, kind of close to Brooklyn.
  • Walker won the Big East Tournament as a member of the University of Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, which is in Manhattan, which is kind of close to Brooklyn.
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was born and raised in New Jersey, which is where the Nets used to play.
  • Did I mention the Bobcats were bad?
  • Deron Williams scored 57 points on this bad Bobcats team last season.
  • No matter how bad the Bobcats are, tonight’s game will be much higher-quality basketball than the two college basketball games that are on tonight.
  • I’ll be watching and you can hang out with me in our NowTalk because I’m kind of cool I guess wait maybe this isn’t a reason did I mention that Deron Williams scored 57 against the Bobcats team last year?

Go Nets!