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Dec 9, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roby Hibbert (55) attempts a dunk against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder (55-20) vs. Indiana Pacers (48-27) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder get a tough back-to-back tonight having to hit the road to take on the Indiana Pacers one night after they beat the San Antonio Spurs 100-88 at home.

The Thunder looked sharp in their win over the Spurs and got a great performance from their bench, including Derek Fisher.

The Pacers are a tough team and play some of the best defense in the NBA, which will only make the back-to-back more grueling for the Thunder.

Indiana is also chasing the No. 2 seed in the conference and needs to finish the season strongly to beat out the New York Knicks for it.

The Pacers are at their best when they are dominating the offensive glass. The Thunder will need to emphasize defensive rebounding tonight. It may make it harder for them to go small.

The Thunder should also look to capitalize on Indiana crashing the glass by running the floor quite a bit.

Russell Westbrook was in a real groove last night especially in transition opportunities. If he carries that over into tonight it will be a very good sign for the Thunder.

Kevin Durant will be getting checked by Paul George for most of the game most likely. George is young but a good athlete to try and slow down Durant. Although we did see last night Kawhi Leonard have very little impact at all on KD.

Last night was a big win for the Thunder in terms of catching San Antonio for the No. 1 seed. That win will be less important if OKC can’t win tonight as well.

The game will tip at 7 p.m. EST and will not be on ESPN as the Miami Heat (LeBron and Wade-less) and Charlotte Bobcats will be on instead.

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