The New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers will square off in Indianapolis on Thursday night, and one team will finally snap its ugly losing streak. The Nets slump has reached seven games, including a Wednesday night loss to Memphis. Indiana has lost five straight, most recently a Tuesday night defeat at home versus Miami.
The lone bright spot for New Jersey during the streak has been the play of point guard Deron Williams, who has averaged 22.7 points and 8.6 assist per game during the stretch of teams woes. After a slow start to the lockout shortened season, Williams has upped his season averages to 21.1 points and 8.5 assists per game.
The Pacers are led by forward Danny Granger and center Roy Hibbert, who was recently named an All Star for the first time in his career. Hibbert is shooting 49.5 percent from the field and averaging a career-best 13.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season.
New Jersey enters Thursday's action 8-22, last in the Atlantic Division. Indiana (17-12) trails Chicago by six games in the Central Division.