Mar. 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots over New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Thunder won 95-94. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks (49-26) vs. OKC Thunder (56-20) Preview

The hottest team in the NBA will come into town to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder this afternoon at 1 p.m. EST.

The New York Knicks have won their last 11 games and their best player, Carmelo Anthony, is on a huge scoring tear.

Anthony has scored 50, 40 and 41 points in his last three games as he is closing on Kevin Durant for the scoring title. Durant is currently averaging 28.4 points per game this year and Anthony is right behind him at 28.3.

Today’s game will be a huge matchup not just because of the quality of teams but because of the scoring race. It will be on national television too so you know both Durant and Anthony are looking to outshine the other.

Containing Anthony and making him shoot inefficiently is certainly the number one priority for the Thunder. OKC will also have to defend the three-point line well and if they do those two things, should have no problem getting the victory.

The Knicks are going to have a very tough time trying to slow down Russell Westbrook and at home, the Thunder role players always seem to step up as well.

The Knicks currently lead the Pacers by two games for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Thunder are a half game back of the Spurs for the top spot in the West. These teams aren’t considering resting their stars at this point in the season. Both very much want to win.

After today’s game, we should have a good idea of who will win the scoring title. It’s statement time for Durant and Anthony. With the game in OKC, my money is on KD.

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