In their first meeting of the season, the new-look Brooklyn Nets got the better of their cross-town rival in a 96-89 victory over the Knickerbockers.
The Knicks are headed back to Brooklyn on Tuesday, looking to show the Nets that this is still their town, despite what Jay-Z may think.
With Jason Kidd back on the court in the second meeting, and the Nets reeling, all signs are pointing toward a convincing victory for the Knicks at the Barclays Center.
The Knicks have gone 6-1 since their meeting on the 26th, with a convincing 20-point victory over Miami on the road, their second of the season. However, since defeating the Knicks, the Nets have not had as good fortune. Brooklyn has lost 4 of their 6 games since beating the Knicks, including a 4-game slide.
Not to say this will be an easy game—no game is easy when you have Deron Williams running the point—but with the way Raymond Felton has been playing of late, no task is too tall for the gritty Knicks' guard.
Aside from the stellar play of Felton, Carmelo Anthony continues his early MVP push, contributing an average of 26.8 ppg, landing him in the 3rd spot in the league behind Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. Tyson Chandler has also been stellar, sporting a league-best .709 field goal percentage while tied for the 11th spot with 10 rebounds per game.
Not to mention Jason Kidd's .500 three-point percentage, landing him second in the league.
The Knicks are no doubt among the league's top teams, so they don't have much else to prove at this early venture in the season, but you know there is some bad blood between these two teams.
Look for another heated, playoff-like atmosphere when the Knicks head across the bridge and even up the season series. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. EST.