The Brooklyn Nets' (4-2) three-game winning streak will be put to the test tonight, when they host an Atlantic Division foe in the Boston Celtics (5-3) at Barclays center.
Brooklyn's three wins during that streak have come against two teams under .500 in the Orlando Magic (2-5) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2-6).
In fact, the Nets have yet to win a game against a team over .500. Their other win, against the Toronto Raptors (2-6) was on opening night, and they've lost both games to teams that they've played with records over .500: the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-3) and the Miami Heat (6-3).
So, naturally, tonight's contest with Boston will show where Brooklyn really stands at this point. Aside from the wins over the last thee games, Brooklyn has had the opportunity to find its identity and get the team to play with more unity.
The Nets have been spectacular in the front court over the past three games, and center Brook Lopez will have his hands full tonight as he takes on Kevin Garnett. Despite his increase in age, Garnett is still feared as one of the best big men in the league, and Lopez will have the chance tonight to prove that he belongs in that category, too.
In the Nets 114-101 win over Cavaliers on Tuesday, they put up a season-high in points for and will need that kind of effort against one of the NBA's best defensive teams tonight. The Celtics lost shooting guard Ray Allen to free agency in the off-season, but they still have number of guys that can step into a prominent role.
Other than Garnett and Lopez, a matchup to watch is at point guard. Deron Williams and Rajon Rondo are two of the most talented guards in the league, and it should be interesting to see how they fare against each other.
There will also be several eyes on Brooklyn shooting guard Joe Johnson. Johnson put down 25 points in the Nets victory on Tuesday, his best outing as a net thus far, and they will need that type of effort from him tonight if they're going to win.
Tip-off is 8 p.m. in Brooklyn.