NJ is 4 1/2 games behind Detriot. They have a tough schedule leading up to the all-star break, with games at New Orleans, Jersey, Dallas and then the Kings at home. Nets have a much easier week, with Philly, Orlando, at home and Cleveland on the road. The only team that SHOULD give us trouble is the Pistons themselves. If we head into the all-star break at least 3-1, possibly 4-0, and Detroit goes 2-2 or 1-3, we have an excellent chance of catching them in wins. The two games following the all-star break also favor the Nets, with games against Toronto and Atlanta while the Pistons face the Bucks and Twolves. However, if the Nets dont take advantage of this, Detroit has a good chance to distance themselves from NJ with a long stretch of easy teams.