The game of the night is easily the Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors matchup. They play at 10:30 on TNT.
The Warriors are coming off their first lost after winning 16 games in a row. They played a tough Grizzlies team without their starting center Andrew Bogut.
After dropping their first game together Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have won seven straight. It has been a fairly easy schedule as they beat the Cavaliers without LeBron James and the Sacramento Kings without DeMarcus Cousins.
These two teams played early this season with the Warriors winning by five points. The Thunder were without both Durant and Westbrook in that game.
Since returning from injury Russell Westbrook has looked like an MVP candidate. In his last five games he is averaging 29.6 ppg, 7.2 apg, 6.4 rpg on 51% shooting and he is taking 10 free throws a game. Kevin Durant has been on a minutes restrictions playing over 30 minutes just once and is averaging 21.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.8 apg on 50% shooting.
This will be the Thunder’s first real test since Westbrook and Durant came back. They are only ½ game out of the playoff race.
Despite struggling against the Grizzlies the Warriors are still 21-3 and on top of the Western Conference. It remains to be seen how long Andrew Bogut will be out. He is dealing with a swelling in his right knee and the Warriors want him healthy for the postseason.
The Warriors need better games from both Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green against this red hot Thunder team. Both players combined to score 15 points against the Grizzlies.
Klay Thompson has been great for the Warriors this month, scoring over 20 points in each game while shooting 42% from the three point line. He is still getting to the free throw line at a career rate and making more plays with the ball.
For the Thunder I expect Serge Ibaka to have a big game. He had seven blocks in their last game but only scored nine points. Without Bogut in the middle for the Warriors, Ibaka should have a double-double and at least three blocks.
The X-factor for the Warriors will be Draymond Green. Since hitting a career high seven three pointers against the Bulls, Green has shot 3-16 from beyond the arc in the last five games including 0-4 against the Grizzlies.
The Thunder are currently first in points allowed at 93.9 but the Warriors score 107.2 points per game. It will be interesting to see if the Thunder can slow down the Warriors again. They held them to 91 points in their last meeting.