Pivotal: The Nets (37-32), who blew a 22-point lead and loss in overtime on Monday night in New Orleans, trail the Toronto Raptors (39-31) by 1 1/2 games in the Atlantic Division and the Chicago Bulls (40-31) by two games for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The Raptors are in Boston to face the Celtics (23-47). Chicago is idle. Every game at this point is so important.
Laundry list of injuries: The Nets will be without Kevin Garnett (back), Andrei Kirilenko (ankle) and Marcus Thornton (back). Thornton was pessimistic about playing, according to reporters in Charlotte. Brooklyn could find itself extremely short-handed.
Head-to-head: The Nets are 2-1 against the Bobcats (34-37) this season. Charlotte played Brooklyn really tough on March 19 at Barclays Center. Brooklyn ultimately pulled out a 97-92 win due to some clutch shot-making from Williams, Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson down the stretch. Containing both Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker -- as they did in the last matchup -- will be key.