OKC Thunder (40-14, 17-9 road) at Indiana Pacers (33-21, 17-7 home)
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 109.9 (1st), Pacers– 106.1 (8th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.2 (12th), Pacers – 102.9 (9th)
Pace: Thunder – 93.0 (6th), Pacers – 90.6 (19th)
View from the enemy: 8 Points, Nine Seconds
The Thunder haven’t dropped three straight this season and with the Spurs breathing down their neck, now’s not the time to start. The game against Miami was a tough, grueling battle but OKC’s had a day off to rest, recover and clear its head going into a game against a pretty good opponent.
Indiana coming in: Last played Wednesday, winning in Washington.
Three Big Things
1. Hibbert. Perk is going to have his hands full guarding the giant 7-3 big man. Hibbert’s been prone to foul trouble against OKC in the past, but the Thunder haven’t ever had Perk to defend him.
2. Perimeter D. The Pacers can shoot and pile points up in a hurry from outside. Fall asleep too much and they’ll make you pay.
3. Bounce back. Again, the Thunder have their work cut out for them to finish up this season as the top seed. Tonight’s game isn’t a gimme by any means and the Pacers normally play well at home. Energy, focus and effort are needed.
Tip at 6:00 CT. Go Bounce Back.