Thunder (49-18, 21-11 road) vs. Cavaliers (26-42, 15-18 home)
Offensive Rating: Thunder – 110.2 (7th), Cavs – 102.9 (24th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder – 103.3 (5th), Cavs – 107.6 (20th)
Pace: Thunder – 95.6 (9th), Cavs – 93.0 (20th)
Seeing as the Thunder don’t have a great history with the Cavs, both this season and last, this game feels dangerous. And extra dangerous considering Russell Westbrook is a game-time decision.
The Cavs don’t have Kyrie Irving, who’s pretty good at torching OKC, but that doesn’t mean they can’t beat the Thunder. They shoot the 3 pretty well and after OKC lost in Los Angeles, anything seems possible at this moment.
Obviously, the expectation is a Thunder win, and probably a comfortable one. I think it’s most likely Scott Brooks rests Westbrook tonight with the seemingly easier game here and the tougher one in 24 hours in Toronto. But we’ll have to wait and see.
Three Big Things
1. Russ. Going back to it because it’s pretty important. Does he play tonight or tomorrow?
2. D. It’s kind of hard to know what the keys are to tonight’s game without knowing about Westbrook, so let’s just say the Thunder need to play solid defense. Their last game against the Bull was really strong, but consistency has been the issue as of late, so let’s see if they can put two straight together.
3. Don’t do stupid things. Don’t lose to the Cavs again, you guys. Just don’t.
Tip at 7:00 CT. Go Don’t Lose To The Cavs Again.