OKC Thunder (35-11) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (13-34) Preview

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are back on the road again tonight vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.

This is the second time this season the Thunder will play the Cavaliers. They beat them 106-91 in Oklahoma City back on Nov. 11.

Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals in that game while Cleveland’s All-Star point guard had 20 points and five assists.

Kevin Durant scored 26 points to go with eight boards in that win. Serge Ibaka scored 14 and Kevin Martin had 16. Kendrick Perkins had a big game with 10 points.

The Thunder shot 54.8 percent from the field that night which is very concerning for the Cavaliers who have allowed 53.9 percent by their opponents in their last two games, which have both been losses.

Irving scored just 14 points in each of the Cavaliers’ last two games after averaging 35.7 points per game in the previous three which were all won by the Cavs.

The Thunder won their last game back on Thursday night at home vs. the Memphis Grizzlies on national television. Despite the win, Westbrook’s outburst was the only thing anyone wanted to talk about afterward.

All eyes will definitely be on the point guard matchup tonight to see how Westbrook plays following his outburst and if Irving can go odd and keep the Cavs in the game.

The Cavs have lost Anderson Varejao for the season which is a big blow to their team. They recently acquired Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby in a trade with the Grizzlies.

Cleveland comes in the game with the 27th ranked offense and 28th ranked defense. The Thunder are first in the league in offense and seventh in defense.

This is not a good matchup for Cleveland and they will certainly need a huge game from Irving to compete.

The game will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. EST tonight.

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder

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