Thunder (4-game winning streak)
107.8 Offensive Efficiency (1st)
100.2 Defensive Efficiency (12th)
95.8 Pace (6th)
57.4 True Shooting % (1st)
51.6 Rebound Rate (4th)
Lakers (1-game winning streak)
102.4 Offensive Efficiency (11th)
99.3 Defensive Efficiency (9th)
92.8 Pace (20th)
53.3 True Shooting % (7th)
52.6 Rebound Rate (2nd)
It’s not going to be easy for the Oklahoma City Thunder to make it five straight tonight in Staples Center taking on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Oklahoma City has been playing some of its best basketball all season of late but the Lakers have been too since acquiring Ramon Sessions, an actual point guard.
The matchup tonight will also be the first time Derek Fisher plays against the team that traded him away a few weeks ago. Fisher doesn’t get a ton of minutes for the Thunder but expect him to be up for the challenge tonight while he’s out there.
The Lakers have had an issue all season containing point guards and while adding Sessions helps their offense, defending Russell Westbrook will be no easy task tonight. Westbrook is putting up career-high marks shooting the ball this season and has been especially efficient in the past week or so.
The last time these teams met we saw James Harden accept the challenge of taking on Kobe Bryant and he did admirably at it. The Thunder are not scared of the Lakers and Bryant so expect the same attitude tonight. If Oklahoma City can get Bryant to thinking it’s personal he may shoot the Lakers out of the game tonight.
In the past we’ve seen Kevin Durant struggle with Metta World Peace and his physical defense but this season we are seeing Durant get past those types of things on his way toward an MVP-caliber campaign.
The firepower of the Thunder will be a tough match for the Lakers but the size and rebounding Los Angeles has will also present problems for Oklahoma City. The Thunder have been up to any challenge lately and going on the road to play the Lakers will be an impressive win if they can pull it out.