The Brooklyn Nets rank as the 15th-best team in the NBA, according to Bleacher Report‘s latest edition of its power rankings. This represents a slide down the rankings for the Nets as they ranked as the 13th-best team in the league last week.
Brooklyn’s slide down the list makes sense given that they are currently on their worst losing streak of the season. Thanks to two recent losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a home-and-home series, the Nets are now in seventh-place in the Eastern Conference and are on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs. It’s clear that Brooklyn is in a rough patch right now as their offense seems to elude them for long stretches of time despite being one of the three-point shooting teams in the NBA.
The Nets have a tough task on Saturday as they face the sixth-place Miami Heat for the battle of the sixth seed. Brooklyn has beaten Miami in the past two meetings and since Saturday’s game will be the final meeting between the teams this regular-season, the Nets own the tiebreaker if that situation comes to pass. Here’s what B/R had to say about the Nets:
“After a strong run in early March that suggested the Brooklyn Nets might find a way to be competitive without the recently traded Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, they’ve now lost five in a row and slid below the Miami Heat and into the play-in tournament.
On the bright side, Brooklyn has four games between itself and ninth place, so it’ll probably have the more favorable play-in scenario (win one game and you’re in the playoffs).”