W2W4: Nets at Pacers

The Brooklyn Nets will face the Indiana Pacers on Friday night in their second-to-last road game of the regular season. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Here’s what we’ll be watching for:

PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS: The Nets’ magic number to clinch the No. 4 seed and homecourt advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs is two. Brooklyn (46-32) could conceivably pass Indiana (49-29) for the No. 3 seed, but the Nets would have to win out and the Pacers would have to lose out; Indiana owns the tiebreaker because it won the Central Division. The Nets are 2-0 against the Pacers this season.

INJURY REPORT: Gerald Wallace (leg) is out. Keith Bogans (back) is a game-time decision. It’s likely that MarShon Brooks and Jerry Stackhouse will see an increase in minutes as a result.

D-WILL THE THRILL: Deron Williams, who appears to be primed and ready to make some noise in the playoffs, is averaging 25.5 points on 54.8 percent shooting in his last four games. D-Will’s counterpart, George Hill, is coming off a 27-point outing Tuesday.

PLAYING PAUL: The Nets have done a great job containing Paul George, holding him to just 10 points on 25 percent shooting in two games this season. Granted, that’s going to be a lot more difficult this time around with Wallace out of the lineup.

3-0: That’s Brooklyn’s record when D-Will, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez all score 20 points in the same game. Amazing it’s only happened three times this season.