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Thunder try to avoid weird territory with Raptors

Nov 9, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) are separated and called for technical fouls during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to avoid letting the Toronto Raptors join some elite company… well I guess some elite company.

With a loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, the Thunder would let the Raptors become the third team in the Eastern Conference have a winning record of Oklahoma City over the last four seasons.

Indiana and Cleveland are both 5-3 against the Thunder since the 2013-14 season. Oklahoma City is both 1-3 on the road against those teams. Indiana is currently the only Eastern Conference team that has the distinction of saying they swept the Thunder.

Oklahoma City has fought off a 4-game losing streak and has turned a 3-game winning streak into their sights. If they can hold off the wild Raptors, it would be their fifth time having a win streak of four games or more. They’ve had seven win streaks of three wins or more.

Toronto, who’s having one of their best seasons in their franchise’s history could add another notch to their belt. Toronto, who also swept the Thunder in the 2010-11 season. They can also become the second Eastern Conference team (Cleveland) to sweep the Thunder in multiple seasons.

The Raptors will be without All-Star Kyle Lowry, who’s recovering from wrist surgery. Small forward DeMarre Carroll is a game-time decision with an ankle injury.

With the Thunder being only 13-20 on the road, this could be a huge game in the standings. Oklahoma City is only two games back of No. 5 seeded Los Angeles. This could be the right time to get the Raptors as they’re only 6-4 in their last 10 games and only 3-2 at home in their last five games. The Raptors is 16-12 against the West, second best in the East, only behind Washington. They are 8-1 vs. the Northwest Division. Their only loss was to Minnesota on Feb. 8.

Tip-off is an early one, 6 p.m. on Thursday. If you’re wanting to watch the NCAA Tournament, follow us on twitter, we’ll have the play-by-play for you.

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