Golden State Warriors (11-15, 3-6 road) at OKC Thunder (22-7, 10-1 home)
This will be the third meeting between these two, with Oklahoma City winning the two games by an scoring an average of 119.5 points per game. This will also be the first of five in a row at home for the Thunder. Kevin Durant is averaging 35 points per game against the Warriors in their two match ups this season. Also, Russell Westbrook is averaging 29.5 points in the two games.
The Warriors are 3-1 in their last four games. Coincidentally, their last four games are since OKC and Golden State last played. Two of the three wins were against teams with winning records (Denver and Houston). Their one loss is to Portland by two points on Wednesday Night.
Thabo Sefolosha is still out. No injuries for the Warriors.
Keys to the game
Oklahoma City does NOT need to get into a three-point shooting contest with the Warriors. The Thunder is averaging 23 three-point attempts in the two games versus Golden State. While, OKC needs to hit the three ball, they do not need to be shooting more than 20 attempts.
OKC averaged 23.5 assists in their first two ball games. They also dropped 119.5 points per game. It’s no coincidence. This team has built an offense of jump shooters, but the Thunder passing the ball makes them almost unstoppable. Wesbrook is averaging 9.0 assists in the first two games.
A Little Defense
The Thunder gave up 112.5 ppg to the Warriors. Warriors shot 50.9% in their two games as well. Just play a little defense. Pretty simple. However, the game where Monta Ellis dropped 48 points on Oklahoma City, Sefolosha did not play.