Thunder vs. Nets

nets vs thunderThe best basketball game of Friday night is the Oklahoma City Thunder traveling to Brooklyn to face the Nets.

 

Oklahoma City @ Brooklyn Preview

The 37-10 Thunder are coming off a 112-95 win over the Miami Heat. The 20-23 Nets are coming off  104-103 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

The Thunder are lead by Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka. Durant is averaging 31.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Ibaka is averaging 14.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

The Nets are lead by Joe Johnson and Deron Williams. Johnson is averaging 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Williams is averaging 13.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists.

 

Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Oklahoma City:

Russell Westbrook out (knee).

For Brooklyn:

Brook Lopez out (foot), Andrei Kirilenko questionable (calf).

 

How Oklahoma City Wins

Kevin Durant needs to keep his scoring streak going if the Thunder want to win. Durant has scored 30 or more points in 12 straight games and his team is 9-3 during those games. The Thunder must also win the rebound battle. They are averaging 53.5 rebounds per game and that ranks 11th in the league. If the Thunder do these things they should win the game.

 

How Brooklyn Wins

The Nets need to find away to contain Kevin Durant if they want to win the game. During Durant’s streak he is also averaging 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The Nets must also get rebounds as they rank 28th in the league in rebounding with 47.8 per game. They also have to find a way to get everyone involved as they rank 18th in the league in assists per game at 20.8. IF the Nets do these things they should win.

 

My Prediction

The Thunder are a high scoring team and want to make this game a high scoring game. The Nets are more of a defensive team and want to keep the game as a low scoring game. Whichever team inputs their play style should win the game.

That being said I think the Thunder play to their style and make this a high scoring game. I also think that Kevin Durant will extend his streak of 30 or more points to 13 games. The Nets will try to come back but just don’t have enough offensive firepower to come back.

Final Score

Oklahoma City: 107
Brooklyn: 98

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