Thunder (2-game winning streak)
107.4 Offensive Efficiency (1st)
99.6 Defensive Efficiency (9th)
95.7 Pace (6th)
56.9 True Shooting % (1st)
51.6 Rebound Rate (3rd)
Clippers (3-game winning streak)
104.9 Offensive Efficiency (5th)
102.8 Defensive Efficiency (17th)
91.8 Pace (26th)
53.1 True Shooting % (11th)
51.2 Rebound Rate (6th)
The Thunder will look to even the season series in Los Angeles tonight against the Clippers. The teams played just a few nights ago with the Clippers beating Oklahoma City 100-98 thanks to some late-game heroics from Chris Paul.
The Clippers have won two of three meetings with the Thunder this season and 11 of their last 13 games and are now just a game and a half back of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Thunder have won their last two but both were against tanking teams in Sacramento and Minnesota. Oklahoma City has looked better in those games especially Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
The two combined for 78 points in Minnesota with Durant leading the way with 43 and 20 in the fourth.
Against the Clippers this season, Durant is averaging a cool 30 and 10. Westbrook is struggled somewhat averaging 23 and five but shooting 40 percent from the field.
Paul has been the best closer in the NBA this season and played some of his best basketball against the Thunder. He’s averaged 23 and nine against Oklahoma City this year.
Containing Paul will definitely be key tonight and that will really only matter once the fourth quarter starts and he turns it on like he always does. The focus early needs to be taking away everyone else and building a solid lead.
James Harden is usually good at providing this for the Thunder but has been struggling of late. Harden is only averaging 12.4 points per game over his last 10 and just 11.3 against the Clippers this season. Harden is also coming off his worst game of the season in which he shot 1-for-11 from the field.
This is the second game in a five-game road trip for the Thunder who are only one game ahead of San Antonio for the top seed in the West.