After missing a prime opportunity to pad their lead on fourth place in the Eastern Conference, the Brooklyn Nets will try to take advantage of a pair of seemingly favorable matchups.
The Nets will play two teams that are out of playoff contention to wrap up their homestand, beginning with Saturday night's game against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.
Brooklyn (43-32) couldn't get past a severely short-handed Chicago team in its return from an eight-game road trip Thursday, falling 92-90. The Nets blew a 16-point lead and squandered a three-point advantage in the final 52 seconds.
"This is a game that we desperately needed considering where we are in the standings at this point,'' swingman Joe Johnson said after ending a five-game absence due to injury. "In the first half, we were pretty good. And in the second half I just didn't think we pushed the ball as much as we did in the first and play as loose as we did in the first and it hurt us."