The Brooklyn Nets will try to snap a three-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.; here's what we'll be watching for:
SNAPPING THE SKID: The Nets (13-12) are 2-8 in December and are giving up 99.3 points per game in the month -- up nearly nine points from what they were giving up in November, when they went 11-4. Their offense has also been anemic and inconsistent. In fact, they haven't scored 100 points in regulation since Dec. 7 in a loss to Golden State.
The 76ers (13-14) haven't had Andrew Bynum all season, yet they've managed to stay right around .500. Five Philadelphia players average in double figures, led by point guard Jrue Holiday (18.0 ppg, 8.8 apg), who is having an All-Star-worthy season. The Sixers rank 25th in the NBA in scoring offense, 11th in scoring defense.
NO RESTRICTIONS: Brook Lopez won't be on a minutes restriction for the first time since coming back from the sprained right foot injury that caused him to miss seven games. The Nets' center is averaging 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks and is shooting 43.9 percent in four games since returning from the injury. Coach Avery Johnson said Lopez is "close" to being the same player he was prior to getting hurt. With Bynum out, it's up to Lopez to get it going inside.
BROOKLYN'S BACKCOURT: Joe Johnson is averaging 20.2 points on 47.7 percent shooting in his last six games. Deron Williams is averaging 17.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4.3 turnovers in his last four games. Over the course of that span, D-Will is shooting a respectable 44.4 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from 3-point range.