The New Jersey Nets will close their season Wednesday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls, the Eastern Conference's best team. New Jersey is hoping to pick up their 25th win, more than doubling last season's win total while Chicago is shooting for the NBA's best record and home-court advantage in the Finals.
The Nets have lost four straight and 14 of their last 16, including a 105-103 setback to the Charlotte Bobcats in Newark on Monday night. Brook Lopez continued his offensive onslaught with a game-high 31 points. He has averaged an amazing 32.4 over the last five games and will look to finish his second season on a high note.
Deron Williams, Anthony Morrow, Kris Humphries,Damion James and Sundiata Gaines will all be out for New Jersey.
Chicago is riding an eight game winning streak -- the longest in the league -- and fresh off a 103-90 victory over the New York Knicks Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The Bulls 61-20 record is tied with the Spurs who take on the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night.
If their win over the Knicks is any indication, the Bulls will play all of their starters against the short-handed Nets.
New Jersey Nets
@ Chicago Bulls
Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT
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