New York faces Brooklyn, looks to break 7-game slide
New York Knicks (10-36, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Brooklyn Nets (26-23, sixth in the Eastern Conference)
Brooklyn; Friday, 7 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: New York enters the matchup with Brooklyn after losing seven games in a row.
The Nets are 14-11 on their home court. Brooklyn is fourth in the Eastern Conference with 11.4 offensive rebounds per game, led by Ed Davis averaging 2.9.
The Knicks are 2-8 against the rest of their division. New York is 2-6 in one-possession games. The Nets won the last meeting between these two squads 112-104 on Dec. 8. Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn to the win with a 25-point performance.
TOP PERFORMERS: D’Angelo Russell ranks first on the Nets with 2.7 made 3-pointers and averages 19.3 points while shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc. DeMarre Carroll has scored 13.5 points and collected 4.7 rebounds while shooting 39.6 percent over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.
Enes Kanter is averaging 14.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. has averaged 13.8 points and 2.9 rebounds while shooting 36.2 percent over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Knicks: 1-9, averaging 105 points, 41.8 rebounds, 19.7 assists, 8.1 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116 points on 48.0 percent shooting.
Nets: 8-2, averaging 115 points, 49.2 rebounds, 23 assists, 6.1 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting.
Nets Injuries: Dzanan Musa: day to day (shoulder), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson: day to day (shoulder), Spencer Dinwiddie: out (torn right thumb ligaments), Caris LeVert: out (right foot dislocation), Jared Dudley: out (left hamstring), Allen Crabbe: out (knee).
Knicks Injuries: Luke Kornet: out (sprained left ankle), Kristaps Porzingis: out (knee), Emmanuel Mudiay: day to day (left shoulder).