Mar 1, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives to the basket during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 105-103. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Nuggets (46-22) vs. OKC Thunder (50-17) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look for their fourth consecutive won tonight as they host the surging Denver Nuggets who are winners of their last 12 games.

This will be the fourth time this season that the Thunder and Nuggets have played with the Thunder having won only the first of the three previous meetings.

Oklahoma City won 117-97 back on Jan. 16 in OKC. That was one of the best games the Thunder had played all year up to that point.

They really blew out the Nuggets that night leading by 25 after three and not needing to play their starters in the fourth.

Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 20 but it was Russell Westbrook who stole the show with 32 points on 12-of-20 shooting in just 28 minutes of action.

The Nuggets won the next two meetings, both of which were in Denver and close games. The Nuggets beat OKC 121-118 in overtime on Jan. 20 thanks to 26 points off the bench from Corey Brewer.

Durant had 37 and Westbrook had 36 in that game as the dynamic duo lived at the line shooting a combined 35-for-38.

Denver then won 105-103 on a last-second shot by Ty Lawson on March 1. This time it was Wilson Chandler scoring 35 off the bench to lead the Nuggets.

Westbrook had another nice scoring night with 38 in the loss and Durant scored 25. Martin only had three points in that game as the Thunder bench was outscored 71-11.

The Nuggets have certainly proven that they can hang with the Thunder this season and even do so late in close games.

Only the Miami Heat are playing better than the Nuggets right now so tonight has all the making of another challenging game for the Thunder.

The reality is that the Thunder play much better at home and it doesn’t seem likely that their bench will be outscored by 60 points again.

Since Westbrook has played so well against Denver this season, that is another good sign that the Thunder will have a strong showing tonight.

The Nuggets are a far different team on the road than at home as well. They are 30-3 at home this season and just 16-19 on the road.

The game will tip at 8 p.m. EST and air nationally on NBATV.

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