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Game Day #43: Thunder at Nuggets

Oklahoma City Thunder (32-10, 14-7 away) at Denver Nuggets  (23-7, 11-1 home)

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Where: Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
When: 8:00 p.m.
TV:
 FSOK (DirectTV 679, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 754)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the Enemy: Here.
Projected Lineups:

Thunder Nuggets
PG Russell Westbrook Ty Lawson
SG Thabo Sefolosha Arron Afflalo
SF Kevin Durant Danilo Galinari
PF Serge Ibaka Kenneth Faried
C Kendrick Perkins Nene
6th Man James Harden Al Harrington

Last Time: Oklahoma City won a thriller 124-118, while Kevin Durant scored 51 points in an overtime victory.

So, in the Oklahoma City Thunder. In my opinion, tons of questions. How bored is this team? How does the turnovers and the offensive rebounding really effect this team. We’re going to find out tonight though. Denver is a good team. They’re healthy. They have Nene and Danila Galinari tonight.

The Denver Nuggets are coming off a win over the Atlanta Hawks in overtime on Tuesday.  Denver is 6-2 in their last 8 games. However, the Nuggets are just 3-2 since Galinari’s return to the line up.  The Nuggets are also in the midst of a nine game home stand.

The Thunder also welcome back Thabo Sefolosha to the line-up tonight. It’ll be interesting to see how rusty Sefolosha is tonight. It’ll be nice seeing Daequan Cook back in the second team rotation. He seemed to be rushing his shots and this will allow him to just go with the flow, and hopefully return to old DC’s mentality.

Durant is averaging 27.9 points, and in 12 games against Denver since 2008-09, he is averaging 32.2 points — his third-highest average against any team.

The Thunder have won three straight over the Nuggets after losing 12 of the previous 15 in the series. Oklahoma City’s 101-94 victory in Denver on April 5 snapped a seven-game losing streak there.

Keys to the game

Turnovers
Oklahoma City has been carless at times during the season with the ball. Against the feisty Nuggets, they need to take care of the ball. Having under 15 turnovers could be huge for OKC to steal a win in Denver.

Three Point Shooting
Both teams like to shoot the three.  Both team struggled in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City struggles on the road shooting the long ball. Look for Oklahoma City to improve their shooting from behind the arc. ESPECIALLY if Thabo Sefolosha returns. I would expect Cook to do well.

Blockout
Oklahoma City allowed 18 offensive rebounds to the Nuggets, that helped turn into seven extra shots for Denver, including 25 second chance points. Blocking out is very key. This also can be attributed back to the first key of the night. Defending the interior and limiting opportunities can really help the Thunder succeed tonight.

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