Nov 18, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball against Denver Nuggets small forward Wilson Chandler (21) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder (19-4) at Denver Nuggets (14-9) Preview


It feels like it’s been awhile since there has been a game for the Thunder that we didn’t know they would win.

The last win for OKC was a narrow one over the Magic, but aside from a late-game comeback, it was never really in question.

Since losing to Portland the Thunder have won six straight but tonight will have to deal with the Nuggets on the road.

The Nuggets got off to a slow start this year, partly because of a tough schedule, but have since regained their ground. They are always extremely tough at home and that’s where the Thunder will be playing them tonight.

The Nuggets look to outwork their opponents at home. They are the third best team at offensive rebounding in the league and when the altitude is playing a factor, that advantage may be even more so.

Denver and the Thunder always make for great games, partly because the trio for OKC in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka always put up big numbers against the Nuggets.

It’s been the balance from the Thunder that has led to their success of late. It’s always tougher to count on your bench on the road so if Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb aren’t their usual selves, the Thunder will be in for a tough one tonight.

Ty Lawson is coming back from injury and Nate Robinson has come on strong of late. Dealing with those two small, quick guards will be of utmost importance for the Thunder.

The Thunder have won six in a row and should almost always be expected to win any night of the week. But the reason NBA teams don’t always win is situations like tonight. In Denver after six wins in a row will be tough for the Thunder. It should be close though.

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