Raptors (20-36) at Thunder (40-15), 7:00 P.M. EST tip

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Thunder (3-game losing streak)
107.2 Offensive Efficiency (2nd)
100.1 Defensive Efficiency (9th)
95.6 Pace (6th)
57.0 True Shooting % (1st)
51.3 Rebound Rate (6th)

Raptors (1-game losing streak)
99.2 Offensive Efficiency (24th)
101.9 Defensive Efficiency (15th)
91.9 Pace (24th)
52.2 True Shooting % (19th)
50.6 Rebound Rate (11th)

The Thunder are coming into tonight’s matchup having lost three games in a row for the first time all season. Fortunately, the get to host the Toronto Raptors tonight.

The Raptors are one of the league’s worst while the Thunder will be searching to get back on track tonight.

In the last three games, Russell Westbrook has struggled most for Oklahoma City shooting only around 32 percent from the field. James Harden’s production has also been down as he’s averaged just 12.0 points per game over the last three.

Kevin Durant is coming off a 44-point performance in Indiana. The 44 points was the second most he has scored in a game this season. Toronto isn’t a likely candidate to slow him down tonight.

So far in April, Toronto has lived up to their improved defense allowing just 85.3 points per contest. The Thunder have only been averaging around 92 per game over the last three while scoring 102.9 during the course of the season.

Containing Andrea Bargnani will be the main focus of the Thunder defense tonight. The stretch big is averaging 23.6 points per game over his last five and will draw out either Kendrick Perkins or Serge Ibaka toward the perimeter.

The Raptors should have more problems with their defense as legendary matador Jose Calderon will have to try and slow down Westbrook. If ever there was a matchup to get Westbrook back on track this may be it.

The Thunder have had some issues this season taking opponents like this lightly but on the heels of a three-game losing streak, Oklahoma City should be hungry for a win.

Topics: Andrea Bargnani, James Harden, Jose Calderon, Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors

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