Mar 24, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) handles the ball against Portland Trailblazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder (58-21) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (33-45) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder get a road back-to-back in Portland where it is always tough to win.

The Thunder are coming off an impressive victory over the Golden State Warriors last night where they beat them by 19 points.

The Thunder have been on a role of late (if you don’t count the Knicks game) playing great defense to go with their always stellar offense.

Tonight feels like one the Thunder might drop though for a couple of reasons.

First off, it’s always tough to play in Portland and the Blazers do a decent job against the Thunder and Kevin Durant in particular, who tends to be less efficient against them.

The Thunder shot lights out last night vs. Golden State. It is something that will be hard to replicate two nights in a row on the road. So if the Thunder come into this game with the same mindset as last night, taking the same shots it may not go as well as it did in Golden State.

The key on the road as it nearly always is will be Russell Westbrook. He was not at his best last night and tonight will have the task of being matched up with rookie Damian Lillard.

Westbrook has gone at Lillard in past meetings and will likely do the same tonight. If he dominates him, that will be the best chance the Thunder have of winning.

Serge Ibaka will most likely be checking LaMarcus Aldridge in this one as Kendrick Perkins is doubtful after a non-serious injury last night.

That means more Nick Collison which is always a good thing.

Tonight will be another tough test for the Thunder. Portland will make it hard on them and expect Scott Brooks to rest KD and Russ a little more than usual, at least in the first half.

The game will tip at 10 p.m. EST.

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