The Oklahoma City Thunder will look for their second straight win tonight as they host the Orlando Magic at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder are coming off a convincing 110-87 win over the Utah Jazz last Wednesday night.
Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 rebounds in the game but did not record an assist for the first time all season and he turned the ball over eight times as well.
Russell Westbrook flirted with a triple-double dropping 19 points to go with nine dimes and seven rebounds.
The Thunder starters did not need to play the fourth quarter as the game was already out of hand.
We may see a similar script tonight as the Magic come in as a team unexpected to pose much of a threat against the heavily favored home Thunder.
Orlando lost painfully to the Los Angeles Lakers in their last game at home, 106-97. Dwight Howard had 39 points and 16 rebounds in his first return to Orlando since joining the Lakers.
With only 17 games left in the season for Orlando, now is about the time where a team like them starts mailing games in. They know they aren’t playing for anything other than a higher lottery pick at this point. Expect to see things like young players getting longer burn rather than trying to win at all costs.
The Thunder are in a funny place right now too. Their record says they are better than last year but it doesn’t exactly feel that way, at least not all of the time.
Before beating Utah on Wednesday, the Thunder lost to the San Antonio Spurs a few nights prior and some major potential problems were revealed in that game.
Tonight, OKC is just showing up to take care of business. They don’t want to mess around with a close game against Orlando and should come out strong.
The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST.