The New York Knicks will try to keep their undefeated season alive Friday night, while the Brooklyn Nets will start a home-and-home series with an Orlando Magic team not expected to do much damage this year.
New York is the only team left without a loss on their record: after comfortably beating the Miami Heat on opening night and blowing out the Philadelphia 76ers in both ends of a back-to-back, they're 3-0 on the strength of tough defense, great ball movement and shooting, and a highly motivated Carmelo Anthony playing up to his potential. They'll face a tough test Friday night when the Dallas Mavericks come to New York, as the Mavs are 4-1 with three straight wins, two by over 20 points. Jason Kidd will play against the team with which he won his only NBA title, although these Mavs looks quite different from the 2011 Champions: with Dirk Nowitzki out, the team's top scorers are O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman, and Darren Collison, none of whom were with the club that season. The Knicks are off until Tuesday after Friday night's matchup.
Brooklyn is 1-2 with a pair of disappointing losses - a blown 22-point lead against the Minnesota Timberwolves and a 30-point defeat at the hands of the Heat. But the team ahead isn't a very intimidating one: Orlando lost Dwight Howard in the offseason, and now Hedo Turkoglu is out for an extended period of time with a broken hand. They're starting E'Twaun Moore and Nikola Vucevic, and have been led in scoring by J.J. Redick and Glen Davis with 17.8 points apiece. Although they're 2-2, that lineup is not exactly a sustainable plan for success.The teams play in Orlando Friday night and Brooklyn Sunday afternoon.
Here's the upcoming schedule for both teams
New York Knicks
Friday, Nov. 9, vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG
Friday, Nov. 9, at Orlando Magic, 7 p.m. ET, YES
Sunday, Nov. 11, vs. Orlando Magic, 3 p.m. ET, YES