Mar 22, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) attempts to score around Orlando Magic power forward Kyle O

OKC Thunder (18-4) vs. Orlando Magic (7-16) Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to stay perfect at home tonight when they host the Orlando Magic.

The Magic, under their new GM Rob Hennigan, are looking to build a championship contender in the same way that the Thunder did. Right now, they are in the very beginning part of the process.

Orlando should be without Tobias Harris and Nikola Vucevic tonight. But rookie Victor Oladipo is coming off a career-high 26-point performance vs. the Cavaliers in his last game.

The Magic may be near the bottom of the standings but they are not one of the tanking teams in this league. They are young and hungry and should put forth a solid effort tonight.

It’s hard to imagine anything Orlando doing at Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight being enough to beat the streaking Thunder.

In the last few games for OKC, the fourth quarters have been periods for rest for the starters as the Thunder have had no problem winning games.

Kevin Durant, after somewhat of a slow shooting start to the season by his standards, is back hovering around 50-40-90 this month.

Russell Westbrook is starting to get his shot back as well while Serge Ibaka and Reggie Jackson both continue to improve.

Orlando likes to push the tempo as they are 10th in the NBA in pace, but that will only play right into the Thunder’s hands since they thrive as well as any team in the fast break.

If this game were in Orlando, the Magic would be given a slim chance to win it. But the Thunder are perfect at home for a reason and it’s going to take more than a youthful Orlando squad to knock them off in their backyard.

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