Oklahoma City Thunder (43-16, 18-10 away) at Minnesota Timberwolves (25-35, 13-16 home)
Where: The Target Center – Minneapolis, MN
When: 7:00 p.m. CST
TV: FS Oklahoma (679 Directv, 37 Cox, 754 AT&T U-Verse, 416 Dish)
Online Stream: Here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
|PG||Russell Westbrook||J.J. Barea|
|SG||Thabo Sefolosha||Wesley Johnson|
|SF||Kevin Durant||Michael Beasley|
|PF||Serge Ibaka||Derrick Williams|
|C||Kendrick Perkins||Kevin Love|
|6th Man||James Harden||Martell Webster|
Last time: The Thunder survived a stunner in 2OT, winning 149-140
The Thunder and the Wolves meet, just 12 games after their thrilling double OT game back on March 23rd.
In one of the most entertaining games of the season, Oklahoma City (43-16) needed two overtimes to win 149-140 on March 23. Love scored a franchise-record 51 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a duel with former UCLA teammate Russell Westbrook, who led the Thunder with a career-high 45 points.
Kevin Durant had 40 points and 17 rebounds, as he and Westbrook became the first set of teammates to score at least 40 in two games in a season
This is the first of five straight road games for Oklahoma City. Only Chicago has a better record than the Thunder, who led by as many as 32 points in Friday’s 115-89 home rout of Sacramento. Durant led Oklahoma City with 29 points and nine rebounds and was the only Thunder player to log 30 minutes in preparation for Saturday’s start of a five-game trip.
It’s a big game for the Thunder as they lead the San Antonio Spurs by just one game in the Western Conference standings.
Keys to the Game
Oklahoma City needs to limit turnovers and offensive rebounds, and all the things that really give the other team second chance opportunities. Especially with Kevin Love out, it’s something OKC should be able to do.
With only one healthy point guard, JJ Barea, on the roster for the T-Wolves, it’ll be important for Russell Westbrook to attack and really keep him on his heels. Barea has always been a thorn in the Thunder side, time for Westbrook to stop him.
Shoot the Three
Oklahoma City needs to hit about 38% of their threes tonight. Minnesota thrives when teams don’t shoot well from beyond the arc.