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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/7/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




OKLAHOMA CITY (44 - 16) at NEW YORK (37 - 21)
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Thursday, 3/7/2013 8:05 PM
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502NEW YORK206.5206
OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games44-16-3.136-2231-27107.054.148.3%50.597.547.442.9%48.5
Road Games17-12-11.714-1313-15103.952.746.7%50.399.448.243.8%50.2
Last 5 Games4-1+24-12-3110.856.647.8%
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.054.138-8048.3%8-2039.0%23-2783.2%511022208158
vs opponents surrendering98.449.537-8245.3%7-2036.2%17-2275.1%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)103.952.737-7946.7%7-2134.6%23-2882.2%501021209167
Stats Against (All Games)97.547.436-8542.9%7-2135.2%17-2277.6%491221218154
vs opponents averaging98.349.537-8245.3%7-2035.8%17-2374.7%511122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)99.448.238-8643.8%8-2136.4%17-2276.9%501223228154

NEW YORK - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games37-21+129-2827-2999.950.744.2%49.496.049.445.9%49.1
Home Games21-9-215-1514-16101.751.144.9%
Last 5 Games4-1+33-21-497.452.843.0%
NEW YORK Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)99.950.736-8244.2%11-2937.0%16-2276.1%491120198124
vs opponents surrendering97.549.137-8245.1%7-2035.6%17-2275.3%511122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)101.751.137-8244.9%11-3038.2%17-2374.4%491120199113
Stats Against (All Games)96.049.436-7945.9%8-2136.3%16-2176.4%491020196144
vs opponents averaging96.848.737-8244.9%7-1935.7%16-2274.7%511122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)95.147.436-7845.9%8-2235.8%15-2077.2%491018206153
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.6,  NEW YORK 95.3
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
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@ DENVER103-105L-2L219U36-8343.4%601943-9545.3%5414
3/3/2013@ LA CLIPPERS108-104W2.5W206O38-8047.5%491338-8246.3%4920
3/5/2013LA LAKERS122-105W-9.5W214.5O46-9647.9%48231-7740.3%5916
3/7/2013@ NEW YORK              
3/8/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
3/11/2013@ SAN ANTONIO              
3/17/2013@ DALLAS              
3/20/2013@ MEMPHIS              
3/22/2013@ ORLANDO              

NEW YORK - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/26/2013@ PHILADELPHIA80-97L-4L192U28-8134.6%561638-7550.7%4411
2/6/2013@ WASHINGTON96-106L-4.5L190O34-8440.5%50942-7953.2%4410
2/8/2013@ MINNESOTA100-94W-6T196U38-8146.9%49837-8046.2%499
2/10/2013LA CLIPPERS88-102L-3.5L192U33-7444.6%381641-8051.2%5114
2/20/2013@ INDIANA91-125L4L185O29-8633.7%481542-7953.2%6321
2/22/2013@ TORONTO98-100L-1.5L193O35-7546.7%511635-8043.7%449
2/27/2013GOLDEN STATE109-105W-7.5L205O36-8741.4%531036-7250.0%4417
3/1/2013@ WASHINGTON96-88W-3W193U35-8143.2%501231-7441.9%5213
3/4/2013@ CLEVELAND102-97W-3.5W204U36-7846.2%511637-7350.7%3714
3/6/2013@ DETROIT87-77W-5.5W195U31-7541.3%512032-7443.2%4220
3/7/2013OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/11/2013@ GOLDEN STATE              
3/13/2013@ DENVER              
3/14/2013@ PORTLAND              
3/17/2013@ LA CLIPPERS              
3/18/2013@ UTAH              
3/22/2013@ TORONTO              
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.
NEW YORK: GUARDS: RAYMOND FELTON will start at the point, which seems like a colossal mistake. He had his career year in New York under Mike D'Antoni, but the Knicks have gone away from the pick-and-roll system he thrived in . . . Don't be surprised if JASON KIDD is overtaking Felton in minutes played by midseason. He's limited athletically but still a heady passer . . . Resident chucker J.R. SMITH should see big minutes early before IMAN SHUMPERT steps in as the defense half of their shooting guard platoon as soon as his knee is recovered mid-season . . . RONNIE BREWER will be Smith's defensive complement while Shumpert is out . . . PABLO PRIGIONI is a game manager who provides insurance at the point. FORWARDS: This is once again CARMELO ANTHONY's team, as the Knicks will run their offense through him. It's going to be a lot of iso, and a lot of scoring opportunities for Melo . . . AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE doesn't fit nearly as well in this system as he did in former coach Mike D'Antoni's. He ended up forcing a lot of shots a year ago, and his durability is a major question mark . . . STEVE NOVAK will continue to come off the bench strictly as a three-point shooter. He's one of the best long-range bombers in the NBA, but he's too much of a defensive liability to play more than 20 minutes per night . . . Swingman JAMES WHITE will also get some minutes at the two or three spots with his 6-foot-7 frame. . . CHRIS COPELAND had some solid years overseas, but will be lucky to break into this rotation . . . KURT THOMAS is in player/coach mode. CENTERS: TYSON CHANDLER is indispensible on the defensive end as long as sieves Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are also in the frontcourt . . . MARCUS CAMBY can't defendin space like Chandler can, but his ability to rebound and protect the rim will come in handy as the second unit is no better defensively than the starters . . . RASHEED WALLACE came out of retirement, but has a long way to go, especially with his lack of conditioning, before he contributes much at age 38.
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*Thunder-Knicks Preview* ========================


Oklahoma City (44-16) at New York (36-21), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Oklahoma City Thunder knew their defensive intensity had to improve following their worst stretch of the season.

Has it ever.

The Thunder and Knicks each go for a sixth victory in seven games on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, where New York could again be without Carmelo Anthony in this matchup of division leaders.

Coach Scott Brooks knew his team had to "regroup and figure out it out defensively" after giving up 113.7 points per game during an three-game skid from Feb. 12-20, and the Northwest-leading Thunder (44-16) have not disappointed. They've held their last six opponents to an average of 95.2 points on 40.8 percent shooting.

"I think the defense was the key," said Brooks, whose team limited the Los Angeles Lakers to 16 fourth-quarter points and 40.3 shooting overall in Tuesday's 122-105 victory. "We do that, we're going to get opportunities on the break, which we've been pretty efficient scoring and converting our opportunities."

The Thunder, second in the Western Conference, rank among the NBA leaders with 17.1 fast-break points per game, which comes as no surprise considering Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are finishing many of those.

Westbrook and Durant, though, are also committing more turnovers per game (6.7) than any NBA duo. Taking care of the ball hasn't been the Thunder's forte - they're committing 15.5 turnovers per game - but they equaled a league mark for fewest (two) giveaways in a game on Tuesday.

"I think we've done a great job of just learning and trying to get better at it each and every game," said Westbrook, who's scoring a team-best 32.2 points per game with 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds during this 5-1 stretch. "Not really focusing on it but just making the right decisions."

The Knicks (37-21) have done a great job taking care of the ball - averaging a league-low 12.1 turnovers - but that wasn't the case in Wednesday's 87-77 victory at Detroit when they committed 11 of their season-high 21 in the opening 12 minutes.

"Sometimes you can try to over-attack," said Raymond Felton, who finished with 26 points and a season high-tying seven turnovers. "Sometimes you've got to take what the defense gives you no matter who's playing."

New York, now second in the East after pulling a half-game ahead of Indiana on Wednesday, improved to 4-4 this season without Anthony, who left Monday's 102-97 win at Cleveland with a right knee injury.

"That is the sign of a true team, a team that is willing to step up and make plays and win regardless of who is in uniform," coach Mike Woodson said.

It's uncertain if Anthony, the league's second-leading scorer with 28.2 points per game - Durant is averaging 28.6 - will miss a second straight game on Thursday.

Even if he does, Thunder big men Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins could have their hands full with Amare Stoudemire, who has matched a season-high point total (22) in each of the last two games.

Stoudemire is shooting 72.9 percent (43 for 59) from the field and averaging 17.3 points over the last six.

The Knicks, 9-3 at home against the West, have lost eight of 10 in this series, but they won 112-98 in the Thunder's last trip to MSG on Dec. 22, 2010.

Oklahoma City has won just four of its last 11 as the visitor, yet two of those wins have been against the Pacific-leading Los Angeles Clippers - including a 108-104 victory on Sunday.

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