December 21, 2010; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) gets fouled by Charlotte Bobcats forward Boris Diaw (32) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Thunder win over the Bobcats 99-81. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Bobcats (5-33) at Thunder (31-9), 8:00 P.M. EST tip


Thunder (1-game losing streak)
106.0 Offensive Efficiency (2nd)
99.3 Defensive Efficiency (11th)
96.1 Pace (5th)
56.6 True Shooting % (2nd)
51.3 Rebound Rate (5th)

Bobcats (2-game losing streak)
92.3 Offensive Efficiency (last)
106.8 Defensive Efficiency (29th)
93.7 Pace (18th)
48.2 True Shooting % (last)
46.6 Rebound Rate (last)

Last night was a letdown game for the Thunder. Cleveland has actually been better than expected on the road this season and showed how last night.

It gets easier for the Thunder tonight though. The Charlotte Bobcats are clearly the worst team in the league this season and the Thunder are still at home.

The Bobcats come in last in offensive efficiency, true shooting percentage and rebound rate and second-to-last in defensive efficiency. The Thunder of course tread around the top in all of these categories.

There’s no rhyme or reason for Charlotte winning tonight. The only possibility would have been a potential letdown game but with the Thunder losing last night, that is also unlikely.

Corey Maggette has been a bright spot for Charlotte lately averaging 24 and seven in his last four games.

Bismack Biyombo has also been playing well of late and the matchup between him and Serge Ibaka will be interesting.

Russell Westbrook only scored 19 points last night and will surely look to go off tonight. No one on Charlotte can hang with him so he should be able to get his.

One big issue for the Thunder last night was shooting less free throws than the Cavaliers. That is surprising and definitely can’t happen tonight.

The line for this game is Oklahoma City by 16.5. That’s how lopsided this matchup is and while I don’t necessarily think it will be that kind of blowout, winning tonight will come as easy as ever for the Thunder this season.

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