Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Eastern Conference forward Luol Deng (9) of the Chicago Bulls drives past Western Conference guard Russell Westbrook (0) of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the fourth quarter of the 2013 NBA all star game at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (32-23) vs. OKC Thunder (40-15) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look for their second win in a row tonight as they host the Chicago Bulls at 9:30 p.m. EST.

The Thunder ended a three-game losing streak with a 127-111 win at home over the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night.

This will be the second time this season that the Thunder play the Bulls. They beat them 97-91 in Chicago back on Nov. 8.

Kevin Durant led the way with 22 in that game and Russell Westbrook had 16 points and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka had a big game with 21 points, nine boards and four blocks.

That game was a long time ago and both teams are playing differently nowadays.

The Bulls remain one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference even without Derrick Rose, who still isn’t back from his injury.

Chicago has the fourth best defensive efficiency rating in the league but are just 24th on the offensive end.

The Thunder have dropped to second overall in offensive efficiency behind only the Miami Heat. OKC is eighth in defensive efficiency.

The Bulls are also the third best team in the league at hitting the offensive glass. OKC is sometimes susceptible to allowing their opponents to get a bunch of offensive rebounds but they won’t be able to do that and win tonight.

The Bulls pride themselves on defense, rebounding and not turning the ball over. It’s really a clash of styles tonight.

It will take an off-shooting night for the Thunder for the Bulls to really have a chance, something that is more plausible than usual because of Chicago’s stout defense.

Durant has been in playmaking mode of late while Westbrook is coming off a great shooting night. Durant will have to be careful not to turn the ball over too much trying some of the passes that have been working for him recently.

Westbrook will need to settle down a little too especially when it comes to attacking the paint.

If the Thunder are able to bring it on the defensive end then they should have no trouble pulling this one out.

Ronnie Brewer will not be making his season debut for the Thunder tonight and will likely play his first game for OKC Wednesday night.

The game will air nationally on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. EST.

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