Magic (18-47, 8-22 road) vs. Thunder (48-17, 29-4 home)
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 112.9 (1st), Magic– 102.3 (25th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 102.8 (7th), Magic – 109.1 (26th)
Pace: Thunder – 93.6 (8th), Magic – 91.7 (15th)
View from the enemy: Magic Basketball
The biggest question for tonight’s game probably is, can the Thunder win a seventh straight home game by double-digits? OK, that’s definitely a little arrogant, but at this point, it’s hard not to be. The Thunder have been handling business at home extremely matter-of-factly, especially against lower profile opponents.
There’s not much to this game other than the fact the Thunder should win, and should win comfortably. Then it’s on to other things. But that’s the thing, you can’t overlook anything, especially at home. I think at times early in the season the Thunder took homecourt for granted. While they’re obviously very good at home, you can’t assume anything. Otherwise, you get bit.
Orlando coming in: Lost Tuesday to the Lakers.
Three Big Things
1. Nikola Vucevic. He’s a problem on the boards. He’s emerged as a very nice interior player for Orlando, someone that can clear rebounds and create second chances on the offensive glass. He doesn’t really score with plays run for him, but more creates his own points off of scrapping and rebounding.
2. Arron Afflalo. Probably the most legit weapon Orlando has, Afflalo is a quality shooter and a nice slasher. He defends three positions well and can create problems with his length.
3. Three quarters. Advisory: Get your points in three quarters KD, because you might not have the fourth again.
Tip at 7:00 CT. Go Friday.