It’s a shame that this season isn’t 82 games because the Thunder’s 50-win season streak will almost assuredly come to an end at two. (The Mavs’ is at 10, I think.) But it’s time to take guesses on how this thing will shake out. It’s time make a prediction on Oklahoma City’s record, seed and the scene when the final buzzer sounds on the season.
1. How many games will the Thunder win?
Royce Young, Daily Thunder: Put me down for 47-19. Through 66 games last season, the Thunder were 43-23. So Oklahoma City will be four games ahead of that clip and on pace for 58 or 59 wins if this were a normal season. Which sounds just about right to me. They should be better, but I don’t see any reason to be THAT much better
Patrick James, Daily Thunder: The Thunder will win 46 games, a slight improvement on last year’s winning percentage. I don’t buy many arguments that say the compressed schedule will have much of an effect because it affects all teams, but it may affect the young Thunder a little less. I think Oklahoma City will display a nice killer instinct this year and bring solid focus throughout the entire season.
J.G. Marking, Daily Thunder: I say the Thunder go 50-16. The Northwest Division simply isn’t what it used to be and given the Thunder’s depth and youth, I honestly think they are more suited to succeed in a compacted and brutal schedule than any other team in the league. Keep Reading…