The Oklahoma City Thunder will play the second game of a road back-to-back tonight against the Washington Wizards.
It’s the first meeting between the two teams this season. Right now, the Thunder have the best record in the league and the Wizards have the worst.
To make matters worse for Washington, they are still without point guard John Wall and are also playing a back-to-back losing on the road to the Miami Heat last night 99-71.
The Wizards have been a mess this season trying to find consistent offense. Jordan Crawford is their leading scorer averaging 15.6 points per game and coming off the bench recently.
The Thunder still have the most efficient offense in the NBA while Washington has by far the least. They are scoring just 92.7 points per 100 possessions while the second worst offense averages 97.8.
The Wizards haven’t been that bad defensively ranking 12th in the NBA overall in efficiency but they will certainly have their work cut out for them tonight against the Thunder.
The Wizards are also without Trevor Ariza however who would be someone that might be able to slow down Kevin Durant. Instead, Martell Webster will start at small forward and try to check the 3-time scoring champ.
The point guard matchup is even more lopsided with Garrett Temple – fresh of a zero point performance in Miami – tasked the impossible task of trying to slow down Russell Westbrook. Westbrook has been playing better lately too shooting the ball much better than he did in December.
Scoring is going to be hard to come by for the Wizards who are dead last in true shooting percentage as a team. They also are only 23rd in the league in offensive rebound rate while the Thunder are 10th in the league in defensive rebound rate.
The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. EST tonight as the Thunder start their longest road trip of the season so far.