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Brooklyn Nets (16-15) vs. OKC Thunder (24-6) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Brooklyn Nets will play for the second time this season tonight in Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. EST.

The Thunder beat the Nets in Brooklyn 117-111 on Dec. 4 this season. In that game the Thunder shot lights out from the field at 60.6 percent while Brooklyn shot just 42.9 percent.

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points, six assists and five rebounds. Russell Westbrook also played very well scoring 25 points to go with nine assists.

Deron Williams was the star for Brooklyn scoring 33 points to go with seven assists and making five threes in the game. Williams has been struggling lately though averaging 16.9 points and 6.4 assists per game in December while shooting 40.8 percent from the field.

The biggest matchup in the game will be the point guard one between Williams and Westbrook. Westbrook has come around in the last two games for the Thunder shooting the ball more efficiently which is always a great sign for OKC.

The Nets were without Brook Lopez and Reggie Evans in the first meeting and both will play tonight, giving them a lot of added strength on the glass.

The biggest change for Brooklyn though is their head coach as Avery Johnson was fired last week and replaced by interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. Carlesimo was the head coach of the Seattle Supersonics when Durant was a rookie and also coached the Thunder in its first season before being replaced by Scott Brooks after a 1-12 start.

Brooklyn has been okay offensively ranking 12th in the league in efficiency but is really struggling on the defensive end where they rank 21st.

The Nets have lost by an average of 20.0 points per game in their last three road games including a 31-points loss in their last game vs. the Spurs in which they scored a franchise-low five points in the third quarter.

What we have tonight is two teams on totally different paths. The Thunder seem to keep getting better and better as the year goes on while the Nets are looking lost, trying to find themselves.

Brooklyn is a talented team though that could still give the Thunder a game like they did in the first meeting. The Thunder tend to play teams better the second time around and have tightened up defensively in the past few games as well.

The Thunder will try and get their 13th straight home win tonight as the game will tip at 8 p.m. EST.

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