OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (33-9)
at GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (25-15)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Oklahoma City -2, Total: 206.5
Two teams coming off wins over the Clippers will collide in Oakland on Wednesday when the Warriors host the Thunder.
Oklahoma City is in the midst of a six-game road trip, topping L.A. by a 109-97 score on Tuesday night thanks to a blistering 53% FG clip. The Thunder are now 12-3 SU (9-5-1 ATS) since a Christmas Day loss in Miami. Golden State is also on a roll with three straight ATS wins and two straight SU wins, shooting 52% FG in a 106-99 home win over the Clippers on Monday. These teams have met just once this season on Nov. 18, when the Thunder won 119-109 in a game where both clubs shot lights-out. The Warriors made 52% of their shots that night and Oklahoma City drained 51% of its FG attempts, including 13-of-20 threes (65%) and 22-of-26 free throws. The Thunder are 11-3 SU (7-6-1 ATS) in the past 14 meetings in this series, including five straight SU victories.
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Oklahoma City leads the NBA with 106.1 PPG despite dishing out just 21.6 APG (18th in league). The Thunder also allow 97.0 PPG (14th in NBA), a number that has risen significantly on this road trip where they have given up 110.7 PPG on 47% FG in the three games. SF Kevin Durant leads the NBA with 29.5 PPG while adding 7.5 RPG and 4.3 APG. He's scored at least 20 points in 18 straight games, and has at least 30 points in six of his past seven contests, posting a whopping 36.7 PPG (52% FG, 42% threes, 93% FT) in these seven games. He's been a nightmare for the Warriors too, averaging 32.7 PPG (52% FG) and 9.6 RPG against them in the past 16 meetings. In the Nov. 18 victory, Durant posted his first career triple-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. PG Russell Westbrook (23.0 PPG, 8.2 APG) has also been on a scoring surge with more than 25 points in each of his past five contests, averaging 32.2 PPG (50% FG), 6.0 APG and 5.6 RPG during this stretch. He also netted 30 points with seven assists in the Nov. 18 win over Golden State and has 24.4 PPG (50% FG) and 7.4 APG during his team's five-game SU win streak in the series. SG Kevin Martin (15.0 PPG, 44% threes) always enjoys playing in Oakland, scoring 28.3 PPG (45% threes) in his past seven road trips to Golden State, including a career-high 50 points in a 143-141 overtime win on April 1, 2009. Martin is 7-for-11 from downtown in the past two games, while PF Serge Ibaka (14.1 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 2.8 BPG) has 16.5 PPG on 58% FG during the same stretch. Ibaka contributed nicely in the win over the Warriors in November with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Golden State is sure happy to have star PG Stephen Curry (20.7 PPG, 6.6 APG, 4.1 RPG) back on the court. The team scored just 81.5 PPG in the two games he missed with a sprained right ankle, but that number has risen to 111.0 PPG in the past two games thanks in big part to Curry's 48 points, 13 assists and just three turnovers. Curry, who ranks 2nd in the NBA with a 46.4% clip from three-point range, had a strong game against the Thunder in November with 22 points (9-of-17 FG) and six assists. But he really struggled against OKC last season with a mere 14.0 PPG on 44.7% FG in the three meetings. PF David Lee (19.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG) had no such trouble scoring on the Thunder last season with 22.3 PPG on 52% FG and 95% FT, and posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the Nov. 18 meeting. Lee has been struggling a bit in his past four home games though, scoring just 15.5 PPG on 41% FG. SG Klay Thompson (16.0 PPG, 3.9 RPG) and PG Jarrett Jack (12.6 PPG, 5.5 APG) both had 18 points in Monday's win over the Clippers, but the club's final double-digit scorer, PF Carl Landry (12.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG), was held to just six points in his 25 minutes of action.