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Game Day #57: Thunder at Bucks

Oklahoma City Thunder (41-15, 17-10 away) at Milwaukee Bucks (28-28, 15-12 home)

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Where: Bradley Center – Milwaukee, WI
When
: 7:00 p.m. CST
TV
:  FS Oklahoma (679 Directv, 37 Cox, 754 AT&T U-Verse, 416 Dish)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Projected Lineups:

Thunder Bucks
PG Russell Westbrook Brandon Jennings
SG Thabo Sefolosha Monta Ellisa
SF Kevin Durant Carlos Delfino
PF Serge Ibaka Ersan Ilyasova
C Kendrick Perkins Drew Gooden
6th Man James Harden Beno Udrih

Last time: Milwaukee stunned the Thunder in the final game of the season last year.

Oklahoma City remained tied with San Antonio — winner of 11 straight — atop the West by snapping a season-high three-game skid. Those losses came against opponents that are a combined 46 games above .500, but the Thunder bounced back with a 91-75 win over lowly Toronto on Sunday.

Now they travel to play the Milwaukee Bucks, who are on a four game winning streak.  This is Oklahoma City’s last game versus a team from the Eastern Conference

The Milwaukee Bucks have been a different team since trading for Monta Ellis. The Bucks have scored over 110 points six times since trading for Ellis. The Bucks had accomplished it just four times in the previous 44 games.

Keys to the game

Defense
Oklahoma City will need to play some defense if you want to defeat the Bucks. Bucks know how to score, they’re the second highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference at 99.1 points per game.

Turnovers
Milwaukee doesn’t turn the ball over much. Oklahoma City… does. Cannot give this team extra shots. They’re playing so well lately.

James Harden
Harden hasn’t played well on the road. He’s shooting just 42% on the road, including 34% from three-point range. Harden is the major X-factor for this game.

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