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.
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.