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New Orleans Hornets (5-15) vs. OKC Thunder (17-4) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will take on the New Orleans Hornets for the third time this season as they look to win their ninth straight game tonight.

The Thunder have easily taken care of the Hornets so far this year beating them 110-95 in New Orleans on Nov. 16 and then 100-79 again in New Orleans on Dec. 1.

Kevin Durant is averaging 23.5 points on 64.0 percent shooting from the field vs. the Hornets so far this season. Russell Westbrook 14.0 points and 11.0 assists per game and shooting just 37.9 percent from the field vs. New Orleans.

During their 8-game winning streak, the Thunder have climbed to the top of the league especially in terms of offensive efficiency where they are now the best. The Thunder are also shooting lights out this season with a league-best 59.7 true shooting percentage.

New Orleans is not the team to slow OKC down as they are second-worst in the NBA in terms of defensive efficiency right now.

A bright spot for the Hornets is that Anthony Davis has returned from injury. He played for the Hornets last night in their 77-70 loss to the Washington Wizards. Davis is averaging 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this year in seven games.

The Hornets will need more than just ordinary offense to compete with the Thunder tonight. They are good in transition and good when they get offensive rebounds but in the half court, can be pretty much a mess.

Things aren’t made easier for the Hornets either because they are playing in a back-to-back while the Thunder have been off the last two days. OKC will be playing their third game in a row where they are all too comfortable.

The game will tip-off at 8 p.m. EST tonight. No team is hotter than the Thunder right now and New Orleans simply doesn’t have the tools to slow them down.

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