Lakers & Nets Have Shared Similar Paths This Season
Tuesday night, the 28-19 Brooklyn Nets host the 22-26 Los Angeles Lakers, at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Both of these franchises have had very turbulent seasons, each firing a coach along the way. The Lakers dismissed Mike Brown after a 1-4 start, while the Nets got rid of Avery Johnson in late December, replacing him with P.J. Carlesimo. Since Carlesimo was named interim coach, the Nets are an outstanding 14-5.
The Lakers losing record has them sitting in the tenth spot in the Western Conference, with the Nets sitting at fifth in the Eastern Conference. LA enters this game winners of five out of their last six. Despite the Lakers recent success, the team still continues to possess its normal array of drama. Dwight Howard will be missing his third straight contest with a shoulder injury, while Metta World Peace is suspended for Tuesday's game, as a result of a scuffle versus the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.
The Nets are trying to snap a 10-game losing skid to the visiting Lakers.
Brooklyn has won 9 of its last 10 home games.