Dec 12, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) dribbles around New Orleans Hornets power forward Anthony Davis (23) during the game at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Hornets (20-38) vs. OKC Thunder (41-15) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look for their third straight win tonight as they host the New Orleans Hornets at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder ended a three-game skid with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at home last Friday. Then the Thunder dismantled the Chicago Bulls 102-72 on Sunday night.

The Thunder have played the Hornets three times already this season and won each time.

Kevin Durant is averaging 27.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 60.0 percent from the field vs. New Orleans this season.

Russell Westbrook has been on the opposite end averaging just 14.0 points on 34.9 percent field goal shooting vs. the Hornets this season. He is also averaging 10.3 assists per game, however.

Kevin Martin is averaging 21.0 points per game in the season series vs. the Hornets and is shooting 45.0 percent from beyond the arc.

The Hornets have won half of their last 10 games but just once in their last five.

To make matters worse tonight, New Orleans will be without two starters as Anthony Davis misses the game with a left shoulder sprain and Eric Gordon will sit because this is the second game in two nights for them.

New Orleans is second last in the league in pace and coming off a game last night when they played the slowest paced team in the Brooklyn Nets. Keeping up with the high-powered Thunder will be no easy task for New Orleans tonight.

The Thunder have been off the last two days as well and have looked good in their past two games. There is no reason to believe tonight won’t be another blowout victory for OKC.

The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST.

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