The New Jersey Nets had a busy slate of games between Christmas and New Year's, but were unable to turn any of those games into victories. They have now lost five straight and will try to use a light schedule to get their team healthy and turned around.
Their first game of the week for New Jersey is Wednesday night in Newark against the Chicago Bulls. That same Bulls team was responsible for one of the Nets losses last week, a 90-81 setback that was very different from how things went down between the two teams last season. During the Nets 12 win campaign, New Jersey took two of three games from the Bulls.
Including the win over the Nets, Chicago has now won 13 of their last 15 games. They continue to be led by electric point guard Derrick Rose's 24 points per game.
After playing host to the Bulls, the Nets head down to the nation's capitol to take on the Washington Wizards Friday night. New Jersey took the first meeting of the season on December 15 in Newark 97-89 thanks to 29 points from Devin Harris and the Wizards inability to win on the road.
The Wizards have lost 12 of their last 14 including two in a row.
New Jersey will wrap up their week Saturday night at the Prudential Center when they take on Chris Douglas-Robers and the Milwaukee Bucks. The former Nets swingman is averaging just 8.1 points in 23.3 minutes. The Bucks opened the new year with an impressive 99-87 victory over the Dallas Mavericks though when they come to Newark they will be playing their fourth game in five days and likely running on fumes.
Even after closing last week with a weak six point performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brook Lopez still leads the nets with 18.9 points per game with Devin Harris right behind him at 16.9.
One player to keep an eye on is recently acquired Sasha Vujacic. He was the Nets one sign of life against the Wolves with 22 points off the bench and has averaged over 11 points per game since the trade from the Lakers.
Here are the stats for the rest of the Nets.