Miami is eighth in the Eastern Conference with 11.9 fast break points per game led by Jimmy Butler averaging 3.1. The Nets are 20-12 against Eastern Conference opponents. Brooklyn is fifth in the Eastern Conference with 35.3 defensive rebounds per game led by James Harden averaging 7.8.
Towns missed the past two games due to personal reasons on the one-year anniversary of his mother’s death. Minnesota lost both games by at least 25 points to Brooklyn and Milwaukee. Against another Eastern Conference playoff contender, the Timberwolves finished strong to win for just the second time in six games, a stretch against all East teams.
The deeper that we get into the regular season, the more indications we get about what the free agency market will look like this offseason.