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NBA : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/20/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore




OKLAHOMA CITY (49 - 18) at CLEVELAND (26 - 42)
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games49-18-3.437-3034-33105.753.847.3%52.899.149.743.4%49.6
Road Games21-11-3.918-1416-16104.052.946.5%52.399.349.843.4%49.4
Last 5 Games3-2-9.83-21-4106.053.442.8%58.8101.648.442.9%50.6
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.753.839-8247.3%8-2236.3%20-2580.4%531122228156
vs opponents surrendering101.250.738-8445.4%8-2135.9%18-2375.7%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)104.052.938-8246.5%8-2234.7%20-2482.0%521020238156
Stats Against (All Games)99.149.736-8343.4%9-2435.5%18-2572.7%501122208144
vs opponents averaging101.350.838-8345.4%8-2236.1%18-2475.5%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)99.349.836-8443.4%8-2334.9%19-2575.8%491123209144

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games26-42-10.331-3730-3797.048.242.8%53.5101.451.145.4%51.6
Home Games15-18-6.117-1613-2097.848.242.5%56.298.748.243.3%52.4
Last 5 Games2-3+3.23-22-297.250.844.4%52.2100.853.844.3%52.4
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.048.236-8542.8%7-2035.6%17-2375.1%531220207144
vs opponents surrendering100.750.538-8345.3%8-2136.1%18-2475.6%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)97.848.237-8642.5%7-2035.8%17-2374.8%561322207145
Stats Against (All Games)101.451.138-8445.4%9-2536.3%17-2275.9%521025207136
vs opponents averaging100.350.238-8345.2%8-2135.9%18-2375.5%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)98.748.237-8543.3%9-2534.5%16-2176.8%521025208136
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.9,  CLEVELAND 95.5
OKLAHOMA CITY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/9/2014NEW YORK112-100W-9W198O40-7354.8%481038-8644.2%4512
2/11/2014@ PORTLAND98-95W1W211U40-8348.2%481632-8537.6%5217
2/13/2014@ LA LAKERS107-103W-11L204.5O39-8844.3%491440-8348.2%5522
2/23/2014LA CLIPPERS117-125L-5.5L211.5O43-9346.2%511442-8151.9%5417
3/6/2014@ PHOENIX122-128L-6L217O45-9050.0%40942-8052.5%5314
3/9/2014@ LA LAKERS110-114L-12L228U42-10042.0%681638-8146.9%4515
3/13/2014LA LAKERS131-102W-17W225O45-8950.6%651737-9439.4%4814
3/17/2014@ CHICAGO97-85W-2.5W194U31-7541.3%571129-8434.5%575
3/20/2014@ CLEVELAND              
3/21/2014@ TORONTO              
3/25/2014@ DALLAS              
4/3/2014SAN ANTONIO              
4/4/2014@ HOUSTON              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/12/2014@ DETROIT93-89W8W209.5U34-8440.5%521033-8339.8%6616
2/18/2014@ PHILADELPHIA114-85W-4W211.5U40-8746.0%682031-8735.6%4917
2/21/2014@ TORONTO91-98L8W196U32-8239.0%591440-9343.0%548
2/26/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY114-104W14.5W205O40-8646.5%471639-8048.7%4519
3/1/2014@ MEMPHIS96-110L9L184.5O39-7949.4%431244-8154.3%439
3/4/2014SAN ANTONIO101-122L7.5L203.5O38-7948.1%451643-9047.8%5011
3/7/2014@ CHARLOTTE92-101L5L198U37-8643.0%551336-7746.8%4212
3/8/2014NEW YORK97-107L-1L201.5O36-8741.4%451038-8843.2%6413
3/12/2014@ PHOENIX110-101W8W211P38-8146.9%601839-9043.3%4812
3/14/2014@ GOLDEN STATE103-94W9.5W200U40-8248.8%471135-7745.5%4817
3/16/2014@ LA CLIPPERS80-102L12L208.5U29-8334.9%611742-9444.7%565
3/20/2014OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/23/2014@ NEW YORK              
3/26/2014@ DETROIT              
3/28/2014@ BROOKLYN              
4/2/2014@ ORLANDO              
4/4/2014@ ATLANTA              
OKLAHOMA CITY: GUARDS: RUSSELL WESTBROOK is going to likely miss the first 4-to-6 weeks of the regular season after getting another procedure done on Oct. 1 to reduce swelling on his knee. It will probably take him some time to get rid of the rust of not playing all summer . . . THABO SEFOLOSHA should play even more minutes this season with Kevin Martin gone. He has added a three-point shot to his repertoire . . . REGGIE JACKSON could end up absorbing a lot of the minutes that went to James Harden two years ago and Martin last season. But he's nowhere near the offensive threat . . . JEREMY LAMB will push Jackson for that sixth-man role. He's dominated against lesser competition . . . DEREK FISHER will get minutes as a player/coach. FORWARDS: KEVIN DURANT may have to take on an even bigger role in the regular season as the Thunder try to replace Kevin Martin's offensive production. Either way, he's the MVP among the league's non-LeBrons . . . SERGE IBAKA has had his postseason issues and still struggles defensively outside of rim protection, but he has added value with his mid-range shooting . . . NICK COLLISON's biggest skill is his ability to take charges. He'll continue to log big minutes at the four and five as a glue guy . . . One of two very raw young players, PERRY JONES III and ANDRE ROBERSON, has a chance for playing time on a thin team. CENTERS: KENDRICK PERKINS was a disaster in last year's postseason, but still provides the kind of low-post muscle the Thunder look for . . . Rookie STEVEN ADAMS could take over for Perkins down the road, but he's too raw to make an impact this year . . . HASHEEM THABEET fills out the final roster spot.
CLEVELAND: GUARDS: There are some durability concerns, but KYRIE IRVING is on the verge of stardom. He should benefit from the arrival of Anthony Bennett, the kind of pick-and-roll weapon Cleveland has lacked . . . DION WAITERS is still a work-in-progress defensively, and this will likely be another developmental year. He might end up settling in as the leader of the second unit . . . JARRETT JACK seems likely to close out games, even if he doesn't technically start. He's a creative shot-maker who will play close to starter's minutes . . . C.J. MILES is more of a situational three-point threat. SERGEY KARASEV, a polished Euro import, could push him for that role . . . CARRICK FELIX doesn't figure to crack this rotation. FORWARDS: No. 1 overall pick ANTHONY BENNETT will see time at both forward spots, and he'll be a pick-and-pop weapon no matter where he's playing. The question is whether he'll defend well enough to stay on the court for 30 minutes . . . There should also be enough minutes for TRISTAN THOMPSON, who hasn't quite put it together. The 22-year-old has upside though, and is a bigger part of Cleveland's future than Anderson Varejao . . . EARL CLARK gives the Cavs a quality second unit player who can play extended minutes if Bennett is overmatched defensively . . . A starter last year, ALONZO GEE figures to be a second-unit glue guy, but might be looking at a lot of DNP-CDs. CENTERS: ANDERSON VAREJAO is once again healthy and once again trade bait. No matter what the starting lineup looks like, he'll play major minutes at the four and five . . . The Cavs are taking a flier on ANDREW BYNUM. With his knee problems, it'd be surprising if he could give them 20-plus good minutes per night . . . TYLER ZELLER is likely the odd man out until Varejao is dealt or Bynum gets injured.
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Oklahoma City (49-18) at Cleveland (26-42), 7:00 p.m. EDT

As the Oklahoma City Thunder begin another back-to-back set, coach Scott Brooks may stick to his plan of keeping Russell Westbrook from playing in some of those situations.

With a matchup at Toronto the following evening, the Thunder might decide to rest the star guard Thursday night when they visit a Cleveland Cavaliers team that could be missing what are arguably its top two players.

Brooks hasn't played Westbrook for more than 31 minutes in the past 11 games since he returned from another knee surgery. The coach also said last week that he would rest the three-time All-Star occasionally in the wake of that procedure - his third since injuring the knee in April during the playoffs.

That was the case last weekend when Westbrook sat out the team's most lopsided defeat of the season, 109-86 to visiting Dallas on Sunday, before he nearly posted a triple-double in Monday's 97-85 victory at Chicago. Westbrook ended up with 17 points, nine assists and nine rebounds, though he went 5 of 14 from the field.

The Mavericks and Bulls games were the first of three back-to-backs on the Oklahoma City schedule by next Tuesday. The second begins with a favorable road matchup against the short-handed Cavaliers (26-42) before a visit to first-place Toronto on Friday.

Should Brooks decided to rest Westbrook, the Thunder (49-18) are likely to give Reggie Jackson another start. He's averaged 14.3 points while helping Oklahoma City win 22 of 31 without Westbrook (21.4 points per game) this season.

Kevin Durant scored 35.0 per game - 3.2 more than his league-high average - during Westbrook's recent 27-game absence. He also had 30 points against the Mavericks before finishing with 35 and 12 rebounds in Monday's win.

Durant has scored 25 or more in 32 consecutive games, the longest such streak since Michael Jordan did it in 40 straight in 1986-87.

"I just go out there and ... play to win," Durant said. "If all that stuff comes with it, then that's cool."

The All-Star forward had 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while Westbrook scored 24 with nine assists, but the Thunder lost 114-104 at home to the Cavaliers on Feb. 26.

Kyrie Irving led the way with 31 points and nine assists in that game, but the All-Star guard is expected to miss two weeks due to a strained biceps tendon. Cleveland also could be without forward Luol Deng after he missed Tuesday's 100-96 home loss to Miami because of a sprained ankle.

Jarrett Jack scored 22 points and went 4 of 6 from 3-point range against the Heat, while Dion Waiters added a career-high 11 assists and Anderson Varejao scored 16 with 11 rebounds.

"Our guys hung in there and they competed," coach Mike Brown said of his injury-ravaged club.

With a 4-9 mark in their last 13, the Cavaliers have fallen six games behind Atlanta for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Now they'll try to avoid losing four straight at home for the first time all season.

Although Waiters and Varejao missed the first meeting with Oklahoma City due to injury, Jack scored 21 points to help Cleveland win its second in a row in the series.

The Northwest Division-leading Thunder will be missing two starters of their own in Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha on Thursday.

Oklahoma City has dropped six of the last seven meetings in Cleveland.

Last Updated: 6/23/2018 10:12:02 PM EST

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