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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 3/1/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




OKLAHOMA CITY (42 - 15) at DENVER (37 - 22)
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Friday, 3/1/2013 10:35 PM
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games42-15-4.134-2129-26106.854.048.4%50.497.147.242.9%48.3
Road Games16-11-11.613-1212-14103.852.946.7%
Last 5 Games3-2-2.83-23-2113.457.050.3%52.097.851.841.6%44.2
Division Games6-3+0.15-34-5106.052.349.7%48.698.948.443.4%49.7
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)106.854.038-7948.4%8-1939.3%22-2783.6%501022208158
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8245.3%7-2036.1%17-2275.2%511122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)103.852.937-7946.7%7-2134.6%23-2783.1%501021209167
Stats Against (All Games)97.147.236-8542.9%7-2135.1%17-2277.5%481221218154
vs opponents averaging9849.337-8245.1%7-2035.7%17-2275.0%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)99.148.237-8643.6%8-2136.4%17-2276.7%501223228154

DENVER - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games37-22+334-2536-22105.552.647.5%54.9101.851.944.6%51.6
Home Games24-3+11.418-915-11109.153.448.1%55.399.250.344.8%50.7
Last 5 Games4-1+2.42-34-1110.659.650.5%50.8105.054.447.3%51.0
Division Games6-5-3.56-57-4105.250.447.3%56.0103.551.542.8%53.4
DENVER Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.552.640-8547.5%6-1933.9%18-2668.9%551324219157
vs opponents surrendering98.149.337-8245.1%7-2035.7%17-2275.2%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)109.153.441-8648.1%7-1935.6%20-2869.5%5514252110147
Stats Against (All Games)101.851.938-8544.6%9-2336.9%17-2373.5%521223228157
vs opponents averaging98.149.337-8245.1%7-2035.9%17-2375.6%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)99.250.338-8444.8%8-2234.9%16-2271.4%511123237167
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.4,  DENVER 95
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/20/2013@ DENVER118-121L-1L208.5O35-7646.1%462345-9348.4%6223
1/22/2013@ LA CLIPPERS109-97W-2.5W201O41-7852.6%421639-8446.4%4810
1/23/2013@ GOLDEN STATE99-104L-1L208U36-7846.2%511937-8444.0%4615
1/25/2013@ SACRAMENTO105-95W-9.5W210U37-7648.7%552036-8641.9%4518
1/27/2013@ LA LAKERS96-105L-3.5L208U36-8144.4%43941-7455.4%5413
2/2/2013@ CLEVELAND110-115L-11L206O41-8349.4%511643-9047.8%4613
2/6/2013GOLDEN STATE119-98W-11W214O48-9550.5%571238-9340.9%5419
2/10/2013@ PHOENIX97-69W-8W204U34-7644.7%501330-9133.0%6022
2/12/2013@ UTAH94-109L-6L200.5O38-6855.9%392042-8748.3%5017
2/20/2013@ HOUSTON119-122L-3L220.5O42-8748.3%552244-9247.8%4518
2/27/2013NEW ORLEANS119-74W-15W204.5U42-7655.3%531027-7735.1%3612
3/1/2013@ DENVER              
3/3/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
3/5/2013LA LAKERS              
3/7/2013@ NEW YORK              
3/8/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
3/11/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
3/17/2013@ DALLAS              

DENVER - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/20/2013OKLAHOMA CITY121-118W1W208.5O45-9348.4%622335-7646.1%4623
1/23/2013@ HOUSTON105-95W3W218U40-8646.5%531437-8344.6%5022
2/1/2013NEW ORLEANS113-98W-7.5W205O44-8452.4%38838-7252.8%4321
2/9/2013@ CLEVELAND111-103W-5.5W216U40-8050.0%552037-8444.0%4715
2/10/2013@ BOSTON114-118L2L206.5O48-11342.5%762143-10839.8%6616
2/12/2013@ TORONTO108-109L1.5W206.5O44-8551.8%501839-8347.0%4317
2/13/2013@ BROOKLYN108-119L3L196O42-7953.2%421441-7554.7%4813
2/22/2013@ WASHINGTON113-119L-3L203.5O39-8148.1%451142-8847.7%5818
2/23/2013@ CHARLOTTE113-99W-10W208.5O44-8353.0%451737-8245.1%5018
2/25/2013LA LAKERS119-108W-6.5W216O49-8855.7%53943-7855.1%4915
2/27/2013@ PORTLAND111-109W-2.5L212O45-8751.7%571538-8544.7%4919
3/1/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/5/2013@ SACRAMENTO              
3/7/2013LA CLIPPERS              
3/11/2013@ PHOENIX              
3/13/2013NEW YORK              
OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK can do whatever he wants inside the arc and will continue to be a shoot-first point guard . . . JAMES HARDEN will likely keep coming off the bench, but he'll also keep playing starter's minutes . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA is OKC's best perimeter defender. But his role won't become more prominent until the postseason . . . ERIC MAYNOR should be just about all the way back from his torn ACL. When healthy, he's one of the league's best backup point guards . . . DAEQUAN COOK will see limited minutes as a three-point specialist . . . REGGIE JACKSON's role will shrink to near nothing if Maynor is healthy. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT continues to do it all, and has done nothing but steadily improve each season . . . SERGE IBAKA is obviously an elite shot-blocker, but he continues to get lost in space. He's made some strides as a pick-and-roll defender, but that weakness is why he doesn't play 30 minutes per night . . . NICK COLLISON will continue to steal a lot of Ibaka's minutes because he defends the pick-and-roll better, and because he draws so many charges, he's almost as good in help situations . . . PERRY JONES III is an incredible athlete, but needs a year or two to learn the game . . . LAZAR HAYWARD is back as a 12th man. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS will continue to start, but is a part-time player. The Thunder are often better with a small lineup. While Perkins is a bruiser he is too easy to exploit as a defender in space . . . COLE ALDRICH could be ready for a slightly bigger role off the bench . . . HASHEEM THABEET is a reclamation project. There's a sliver of long-term hope, but he won't help this year.
DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON has emerged as the closest thing to a No. 1 option on this team, and despite his size, he's proven capable of playing full-time minutes. He'll continue to post big numbers in an up-tempo system that suits him perfectly . . . ANDRE MILLER will both back up Lawson and share the court with him at times (though Andre Iguodala figures to play a lot of two this season). The steady veteran is one of the league's most underrated sixth men . . . It's a bit surprising that EVAN FOURNIER is making the jump to the NBA this year. His size and skill combo will be nice on the wing one day, but he's unlikely to contribute this year . . . JULYAN STONE will be out until January after offseason hip surgery, but he should be Lawson's main backup upon his return. FORWARDS: DANILO GALLINARI is their most complete offensive player. If healthy, he's capable of being a 20-PPG scorer . . . ANDRE IGUODALA should enjoy the much faster pace Denver plays at. He'll see full-time minutes between both wing spots . . . KENNETH FARIED isn't a skilled big, but he's a high-energy guy who can get his own points off offensive rebounds . . . WILSON CHANDLER could end up leading their second unit in minutes and points . . . COREY BREWER is a front office favorite. He'll stay in the rotation as a defensive presence/glue guy . . . JORDAN HAMILTON could break into the rotation. He's one-dimensional, but has the offensive skills . . . Denver will try to solve the ANTHONY RANDOLPH riddle. Don't expect it to happen this year. CENTERS: Denver is all-in on internet punchline JaVALE McGEE. They'll give the athletic 7-footer every chance to become the star they think he can be. Whether the flaky McGee can capitalize is questionable . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is one of the NBA's best screeners, but his touches will be limited . . . KOSTA KOUFOS has quietly developed into a usable rotation player, but he might be squeezed out of minutes.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (OKLAHOMA CITY-DENVER) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(Corrects Thunder visiting Nuggets, not hosting, in 2nd graf)

*Thunder-Nuggets Preview* =========================


Oklahoma City (42-15) at Denver (37-22), 10:30 p.m. EDT

Though the Oklahoma City Thunder score more than any other team in the NBA, it might be an improving defense that proves to be the difference in their title chase.

Friday night will see that defense face a tough test when the Thunder visit the Denver Nuggets, whose high-octane attack has been bolstered by Ty Lawson's emergence as a dynamic scorer.

Oklahoma City (42-15) leads the league with 106.8 points per game, and Denver has moved up to third (105.5) while averaging 112.6 during its current 13-4 surge.

A season-worst three-game losing streak seems like a distant memory for the Thunder, who have since won three in row by an average of 30.3 points. As impressive as the offense has been during that span, averaging 116.0 points, the defense has been just as good in the last two games as opponents averaged 73.0 points on 31.9 percent shooting.

"We are doing great on defense," Russell Westbrook told the team's official website after a 119-74 home win over New Orleans on Wednesday.

Oklahoma City matched its largest margin of victory this season and held an opponent below 75 points for the third time in February.

"We are playing off our defense and getting stops and let the offense take care of itself," Westbrook added. "It all starts with defense regardless of what we are doing offensively."

Westbrook scored a game-high 29 while Kevin Durant posted his second triple-double since the All-Star break with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Durant tied a season low with eight field-goal attempts and had fewer than 20 points for the third time in four games, a stretch during which he's averaged 11.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists.

"I think Kevin continues to make a concerted effort to be a leader by example in terms of playing the game the right way and not being overly concerned with how many points he scores each night, but really just making the right plays," Derek Fisher said.

Fisher was scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting in his first game with the Thunder after signing with them for the stretch run for the second straight season. Ronnie Brewer had five points in 12 minutes in his debut after being acquired in a trade with New York.

The Thunder have dropped four of five on the road and now visit a Nuggets team which is one of the league's best at home, winning nine in a row and 14 of 15.

Denver (37-22) has surpassed 110 points in four straight overall as Lawson continues to fuel the scoring.

The point guard has at least 20 points in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak of his career. He is averaging 26.1 points on 52.8 percent shooting over that span but hasn't stopped making plays for teammates, with his 8.0 assists per game surpassing his season mark of 7.1.

Coach George Karl has started to lean more on Lawson for offense, and he came through with 30 points in a 111-109 win at Portland on Wednesday.

"I just said to him, 'We're not gonna run any more plays,'" Karl said of what he told Lawson late in the game. "'You've got one option, go into the paint and find it. Find the shot, not someone else.'"

The fourth-year pro's heightened scoring may be more crucial if top scorer Danilo Gallinari (bruised thigh) missed a third straight game.

This season series has seen each team win on its home floor, including a 121-118 Denver victory in overtime Jan. 20. Lawson totaled 13 points on 5-of-17 shooting in those two games.

Over the last five meetings, Durant is averaging 32.8 points and Westbrook is at 32.2.

Last Updated: 5/25/2018 5:21:20 PM EST

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