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The New York Knicks are struggling, but their rival Brooklyn Nets are a pleasant surprise. Tonight’s matchup is important for both teams.

  • Brooklyn Nets (3-4)
  • New York Knicks (2-4)
  • NBA, Today, 7:00 PM on MSG, YES, ESPN, Full Preview
  • Madison Square Garden, New York City

The New York Knicks decided to shift gears on defense and assigned Kurt Rambis (it’s hard not to laugh even when you’re typing his name) to fix things. Changing your defense after things are awful six games into the season is signature Knicks. Nothing has changed there.

The Brooklyn Nets are a different story. New head coach Kenny Atkinson has already made a strong impact on this team. Brooklyn quickly adapted to Atkinson’s player friendly up-tempo style.

Per Basketball-Reference, the Nets rank third in pace, and average 34.0 three-point shots per game (third in the league).

Jeremy Lin‘s injury was a blow to Brooklyn’s momentum, but the underdog team gutted out a tough win against the Minnesota Timberwolves last night without their star point guard.

Without Lin, the Nets will lean even more than usual on Brook Lopez. The big man made noise on Twitter last night by hitting three 3-point shots against the Twolves.

Lopez has had an impressive start and the matchup with Joakim Noah tonight is one to look out for.

Kristaps Porzingis will have his hands full with Trevor Booker. The opposing power forwards have completely different games, but Booker’s aggressiveness should give KP fits.

Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.