Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets game preview

This is Lin's time to shine. - Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Rockets look to get back on track when they travel to Brooklyn tonight to face the Nets.

Remember when the Nets were struggling and people thought they might not make the playoffs? And the Knicks weren't going to make it either?

The Nets would be in 10th place in the West, but since they play in the Easty (that's East and easy combined), they're in fifth place and are within striking distance of third. Yeah, being in the West sucks. I wonder if fans of Eastern conference teams know how lucky they are. Or do they think, "Nah we could make in the West." Meanwhile, the Knicks can't win more than 39 games this season and are only 1 game out of 8th place.

I'll stop being bitter now.

The Nets have a solid assortment of players. That's a given. Deron Williams is a Rocket killer. Shaun Livingston is having a career year. Paul Pierce will still whine his way to several foul calls. Several Rockets fans wanted Joe Johnson a few years ago. Mason Plumlee has played really well in KG's absence.

Off the bench, they have Mirza Teletovic, Alan Anderson, Andray Blatche, and Marcus Thornton.

The Rockets will counter with Lin and Asik back in the starting lineup. It's shades of last season for Houston.

If tonight gets out of hand either way, look for McHale to rest the starters with a game in Canada tomorrow.

Prediction: on the podcast, I predicted a loss here so I'll stick to that. Nets win 115-99.

Tip off is at 7pm CST on TNT.

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