The Nets are two games out of first in the Atlantic Division, but as the stretch run begins, Brooklyn seems to have advantages over their crosstown rivals, Tim Bontemps writes Thursday.

Starting in March the advantages are not just in quality of opponents --the Knicks schedule is brutal; but in quantity of games left to be played --the Knicks play more games in less time; and in tiebreakers --other than the head-to-head tie, the Nets currently own all the other advantages ... and are likely to retain them.