Busy January schedules continue Tuesday for the Nets and the Knicks. Both are coming off double-digit covers at home Sunday. But, both will be dealing with tough midweek challenges.
— The Nets (-9), with Kyrie Irving back after a long injury layoff, crushed Atlanta 108-86 Sunday. The second half was a virtual scrimmage after the Nets raced to a 70-46 halftime lead.
Irving’s return is very well-timed. The Nets had been 1-7 against the spread their prior eight games. Spencer Dinwiddie in particular was showing signs of wear and tear. The team will be tested much more intensely Tuesday vs.