W2W4: Nets at Blazers

The Brooklyn Nets begin the second half of their eight-game circus road trip on Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Tipoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. on ESPN. Here's what we'll be watching for:

NO JOE: The Nets will be without Joe Johnson for a second straight game due to a right quadriceps contusion. Keith Bogans will start in his place. The Nets are 3-2 without Johnson, who is averaging just 13.3 points in his past 10 games.

3-1: That's Brooklyn's record on the trip so far. The Nets are coming off a narrow 102-100 victory over Phoenix.

The Nets are 25-4 against sub-.500 teams; the Blazers (33-37) fit into that category.

Deron Williams is averaging 25 points per game during the trip. A win Wednesday would give the Nets a franchise-record-tying 20 road victories this season.

ROTATION: Kris Humphries is coming off a season-high 17-point effort Sunday night. Surprisingly, Andray Blatche did not play in the second half of that game.

R.O.Y.: The Nets traded the sixth pick in the draft to the Blazers in the Gerald Wallace deal in March 2012. That pick turned out to be point guard Damian Lillard, the odds-on favorite to capture Rookie of the Year honors. Lillard is averaging 19.1 points and 6.5 assists for Portland.

Mark Stein wrote in a recent Weekend Dime that the Nets would have selected Tyler Zeller, not Lillard, had they kept the pick.

REMAINING SKED: ESPN Stats & Information broke down the remaining Nets and New York Knicks schedules. The Nets (41-29) trail the Knicks (43-26) by 2½ games for the Atlantic Division lead.


Home games: 5

Road games: 7

vs. .500-plus: 4

vs. sub-.500: 8

Opponents' win pct.: .447 (second-lowest in NBA)


Home games: 7

Road games: 6

vs. 500-plus: 9

vs. sub-.500: 4

Opponents' win pct.: .512