Preview: Nets vs. Trail Blazers

The Brooklyn Nets return home after a five-game road trip, going 1-3 on the Western portion of the trip. The Nets have used home court to their advantage, going 3-2 in five games at Barclays Center. The Nets play five of their next six games at home.


The Nets and Blazers are going for the three-ball this season, as Brooklyn is averaging 11.3 three-pointers per game – fourth in the NBA – while Portland is averaging 10.8 threes –  tied for fifth in the league. Both teams are among the most prolific three-point shooting teams, Brooklyn is averaging 34.3 three-point attempts this season, second in the NBA, while Portland is sixth, averaging 30.3 attempts.

The Nets have made 10 or more threes in six straight games and everyone is getting in on the action, including Brook Lopez, whose hit four three pointers – a career-high – in each of the past two games.


The Trail Blazers are led by their backcourt, as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each averaging over 20 points per game. Lillard leads the team with 28.7 ppg – 4th in the NBA – and 4.4 apg, but isn’t afraid to get on the glass, averaging 4.9 boards. McCollum, who was a breakout star last season with 20.8 ppg, is proving last year wasn’t a fluke, averaging 22.1 ppg early this season.


The Brooklyn Nets are playing with the second fastest pace in the NBA (the number of possessions the team uses per game) at 104.62. Portland is ninth with a pace of 101.