After a 119-110 win in Detroit on Friday night, the Thunder head back home to take on the Washington Wizards(2-3) tonight.
Wizards coming into tonight: Also on Friday night, Washington beat the Nets in OT, 112-108. The Wizards improved over the off-season by adding Marcin Gortat, Eric Maynor, and Al Harrington. They usually start Wall, Beal, Nene, Ariza, and Gortat. They are 2-3 on the season, with wins over the Nets and the 76ers. Washington ranks 30th in the league, by giving up 107 points per game. In other words, tonight should be fun game for the Thunder.
What to look for:
1. The front court. I’m intrigued to see how Perk and Ibaka match-up with Nene and Gortat, which is a pretty damn good front court. Ibaka will have to use his athleticism against both of them, and Perk…well…he’ll have to play well also.
2. The bench. A question mark coming into the year was definitely if the bench would be able to produce quality. Jeremy Lamb is playing great basketball, and Reggie Jackson has been solid. Let’s see if they can do again tonight.
3. Can the Thunder stay hot? The Thunder have won two straight and look to continue that momentum against a below average Wizards team at home.
Key Match-up: Russell Westbrook vs. John Wall. Two athletic and quick guards who are fun to watch. Wall is off to a great start, averaging 19.6 points, 9.8 assists, and four rebounds a game. And hey, don’t forget about that Steven Adams vs. Gortat match-up.
Bold Prediction: John Wall and Bradley Beal play a solid game, but it’s not enough to beat a hot Oklahoma City team. Look for another good game from Steven Adams, and a dominate performance from KD and Westbrook.
Game time is set for 6:00 CT and the game will be televised on FoxSports Oklahoma.