Oklahoma City Thunder (18-46, 5-26, road) at Denver Nuggets (40-25, 23-8 home)
TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37)
Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1 FM, 640 AM)
Time: 8:00 CST
Offensive Rating: Thunder: 103.6 (28th), Denver: 108.9 (11th)
Defensive Rating: Thunder: 109.3 (20th), Denver: 106.5 (10th)
Pace: Thunder: 93.7 (8th), Denver: 93.9 (7th)
In two meetings so far this season, the total difference between Oklahoma City and Denver has been three points. A 122-120 game in January and a 114-113 game in February with two Carmelo buzzer beaters.
And so far in March, these two squads have been headed in different directions. OKC is 4-1 this month while the Nuggets are 1-5, and stuck in three-game skid. But you know Denver is looking at tonight’s game as a “get back on track” game against the Thunder. Denver’s next five opponents are all under .500, so they’re probably looking forward to getting some *easier* wins.
But as we know, nothing comes easy when you’re playing the Thunder. Kevin Durant is a big maybe for tonight (more like a big unlikely), but as we’ve seen, OKC can win without him. But the Nuggets are one of the league’s best at home (23-8) and like I said, they’re wanting this one. A loss tonight could send the Nuggets into a complete tailspin.
Add on that this is the second back-to-back for OKC in under six days with a depleted roster, so there could definitely be some jello legs. It’s a big shot in the arm to have Uncle Jeff back, but in steps The Uncle and out steps Nick Collison with a groin injury. Ah, the revolving door of NBA injuries. (No word if Collison will be back tonight.) Keep Reading…