A night after collecting a season-opening victory in the nation's capital, the New Jersey Nets host the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday in the home-opener at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. This will be the final-home opener for the Nets (1-0) in Newark, as next season New Jersey moves to Brooklyn, while the Hawks begin their 2011-12 season.
On Monday, the Nets used a 21-point, 16-rebound effort from forward Kris Humphries to earn a come-from-behind victory at the Washington Wizards, 90-84. Star guard Deron Williams tallied a team-best 23 points and eight assists, while Anthony Marrow scored 16 points, which included a huge 3-pointer in the final minutes.
Meanwhile, Atlanta is looking to improve on a 2010-11 season that featured the Hawks making the playoffs for the fourth straight season, but losing to the Chicago Bulls four-games-to-two in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The Hawks are hoping that guard Jeff Teague can increase his production in his second season as a pro, while star forward Joe Johnson will need to rebound for a up-and-down 2010-11 season. Atlanta will be without point guard Kirk Hinrich until the month of February.