Brooklyn Nets: Post-All-Star Break Predictions

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Brooklyn Nets: Post-All-Star Break Predictions
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C.J. Watson will see his minutes increase with Deron Williams hobbled.

At this time last year, the NBA franchise formerly known as the New Jersey Nets was 9-23. The team finished the shortened 2011-12 lockout season with a record of 22-44, losing its final six games.

This year’s Nets, the team that plays its games in Brooklyn, has a record of 31-22 and is ranked fourth in the Eastern Conference entering the final half of the season. Coach P.J. Carlesimo’s squad cruised into the All-Star break on a high note with back-to-back victories over two playoff contenders.

The move from Jersey to Brooklyn has gone better than most expected. Coming to New York City and sticking a flag in the ground where the majority of the population bleeds blue and orange was certainly no small feat.

Things are looking up for these Nets, but the second leg of the journey won’t be without its fair share of obstacles and challenges.

The starting backcourt is tired and banged up, and the team will play 17 of its final 29 games away from the Barclays Center. Five of those road contests include visits to the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trailblazers, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

The Nets will also face the Milwaukee Bucks twice and the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies once. Brooklyn has gone a combined 0-4 versus those teams.

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at some post All-Star Break predictions for the 2012-13 Nets.

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