The schedule makers were kind to the Brooklyn Nets (42-31) in April. The Nets’ final nine opponents have a combined record of 268-379 (that’s a winning percentage of .414.).
This is great news for a team that’s performed exceptionally well against sub-.500 competition. Brooklyn is 26-4 against .500-or-worse teams (at time of game played).
It will be important for the Nets to continue to take care of business down the stretch. With just nine games remaining, coach P.J. Carlesimo’s squad trails the crosstown rival New York Knicks by four games in the Atlantic Division.
All nine of Brooklyn’s April contests are against teams from the Eastern Conference. Three of which are must-watch matchups with the playoff-bound Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. The outcome of these three marquee tilts will go a long way toward determining the final playoff seeding. The Nets, Bulls and Celtics are separated by just three-and-a-half games.
The Nets’ other six April opponents are a combined 145-287 (.369). But Deron Williams and company can’t afford to overlook the pesky Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards. Philly and Washington have underachieved this season, but both have enough talent to give the Nets some problems.