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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 3/21/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore




OKLAHOMA CITY (50 - 18) at TORONTO (38 - 29)
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games50-18-2.437-3134-34105.653.847.2%52.999.149.643.5%49.5
Road Games22-11-2.918-1516-17103.953.046.4%52.699.249.743.4%49.3
Last 5 Games4-1-0.33-21-4104.453.443.0%57.697.847.442.4%51.0
OKLAHOMA CITY Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.653.839-8247.2%8-2236.2%20-2580.4%531122228156
vs opponents surrendering101.250.738-8445.4%8-2135.9%18-2375.7%511122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)103.953.038-8246.4%8-2234.6%20-2481.9%531120238156
Stats Against (All Games)99.149.636-8343.5%9-2435.5%18-2572.6%501122208144
vs opponents averaging101.350.738-8345.3%8-2236.2%18-2475.5%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)99.249.736-8443.4%8-2334.9%19-2575.4%491123209144

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games38-29+4.740-2635-32100.849.644.4%51.497.549.244.6%50.6
Home Games20-13-3.117-1518-15102.449.944.6%52.697.648.045.2%48.8
Last 5 Games3-2-0.33-23-2106.652.646.5%50.0102.451.246.6%47.6
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)100.849.636-8244.4%8-2336.8%19-2578.1%511221237134
vs opponents surrendering100.650.438-8345.3%8-2136.1%18-2375.6%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)102.449.937-8244.6%9-2437.3%20-2678.8%531222227144
Stats Against (All Games)97.549.236-8144.6%7-1936.4%19-2574.7%511121227144
vs opponents averaging100.350.238-8345.3%8-2136.0%18-2375.5%511122218145
Stats Against (Home Games)97.648.037-8145.2%7-1937.8%17-2373.8%491021237154
Average power rating of opponents played: OKLAHOMA CITY 95.8,  TORONTO 95.4
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@ CLEVELAND102-95W-9.5L200.5U38-8942.7%621636-8144.4%4712
3/21/2014@ TORONTO              
3/25/2014@ DALLAS              
4/3/2014SAN ANTONIO              
4/4/2014@ HOUSTON              
4/6/2014@ PHOENIX              

TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/10/2014NEW ORLEANS108-101W-7T194O36-7647.4%461139-7750.6%4814
2/18/2014@ WASHINGTON103-93W2.5W196.5U42-7456.8%351538-8146.9%5116
2/25/2014@ CLEVELAND99-93W-4W193U35-7944.3%491434-8440.5%5412
3/2/2014GOLDEN STATE104-98W2.5W203U38-7948.1%46937-8842.0%5313
3/9/2014@ MINNESOTA111-104W5.5W208.5O37-7648.7%601941-9543.2%469
3/10/2014@ BROOKLYN97-101L3L197.5O35-7149.3%421234-7048.6%4214
3/18/2014@ ATLANTA113-118L-3L200.5O40-8149.4%531540-9442.6%497
3/19/2014@ NEW ORLEANS107-100W-2.5W194.5O36-8641.9%541136-6753.7%4112
3/21/2014OKLAHOMA CITY              
3/25/2014@ CLEVELAND              
3/26/2014@ BOSTON              
3/30/2014@ ORLANDO              
3/31/2014@ MIAMI              
4/5/2014@ MILWAUKEE              
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.
TORONTO: GUARDS: KYLE LOWRY was banged up last season, but he enters this year healthy and has the potential to be one of the league's best two-way point guards . . . DEMAR DEROZAN does a nice job attacking, but he's a flawed player unless he develops a jump shot . . . The Raptors want TERRENCE ROSS to attack the basket more often. But whether he develops a three-point shot could determine where he fits into this rotation . . . After a disastrous season in Indiana, D.J. AUGUSTIN will have to earn his rotation spot. Toronto could use his shooting, though . . . DWIGHT BUYCKS comes back from Europe to back up Lowry . . . Versatile JULYAN STONE is an interesting bit piece, as he reunites with GM Masai Ujiri, who brought him to Denver. FORWARDS: Despite all that talent, RUDY GAY's poor shot selection and disinterested defense will have him on the trading block . . . AMIR JOHNSON will get another chance at full-time minutes. Despite some inconsistency, he still has the upside to be a good rebounder and shot-blocker . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH brings toughness and a decent mid-range jumper. He's a second-unit talent, but could challenge Johnson for minutes . . . LANDRY FIELDS is a well-compensated reserve . . . STEVE NOVAK gives them a legitimate shooter among the second unit . . . Toronto will try to shake some of that upside out of AUSTIN DAYE . . . QUINCY ACY will move to the three, likely making this a redshirt year. CENTERS: JONAS VALANCIUNAS is set to become Toronto's new centerpiece. Talented enough for them to run the offense through him, he's rapidly improving on both ends of the court . . . AARON GRAY will stick around as a decent back-up, a 7-footer who can get in the way defensively.
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*Thunder-Raptors Preview* =========================


Oklahoma City (49-18) at Toronto (38-29), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Oklahoma City Thunder went unbeaten at home until late December before coming up short against the Toronto Raptors.

They'll try to return the favor as these first-place teams meet at Air Canada Centre on Friday night.

Oklahoma City (50-18) won each of its first 13 home games to tie a franchise record before running into trouble in a 104-98 loss to Toronto (38-29). Kyle Lowry racked up 22 points and nine assists as the Raptors outscored the Thunder 29-14 in the fourth quarter, snapping a three-game skid in the series.

"Losses happen in this league," said Thunder superstar Kevin Durant, who had 24 points but shot 5 of 16. "They beat us fair and square, you know?"

Oklahoma City has won two of three in Toronto, suffering a 111-99 loss on Dec. 3, 2010, with Durant on the sidelines. Another victory could be hard to come by, as the Raptors are 16-5 on their own court since Dec. 28.

Toronto returns home after winning 107-100 at New Orleans on Wednesday. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 31 points and Lowry added 23 as the Raptors outscored the Pelicans 26-15 over the final 12 minutes.

"I think this is one of the hardest playing teams I've ever played on," said Tyler Hansbrough, who pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds. "We play hard every night, and not every team does that. ... We have to keep improving."

Toronto held a 48-34 rebounding edge, including 22-5 on the offensive glass that resulted in an 18-6 edge in second-chance points.

"This game was about mental toughness and physical toughness more so than skill. No matter who you're playing, you have to bring that each and every night," coach Dwane Casey said. "These last (15) games are going to be about mental and physical toughness as much as anything else."

The Thunder are looking to sweep a three-game road trip after winning 102-95 at Cleveland on Thursday. Durant, who had 35 points, 12 boards and five assists three nights earlier in a 97-85 victory at Chicago, recorded 35, 11 and six against the Cavaliers.

Durant finished 12 of 21 from the field despite starting 1 for 6.

"I just don't care if I miss," he said. "I had it in my mind that I was going to start the game off 1 for 10. That's how quickly it can change, man. I thought I might be in for a tough shooting night, but I always stay aggressive."

Durant is averaging a career-high 31.9 points to lead the NBA. He has scored at least 25 in 33 consecutive games, the league's longest streak since Michael Jordan's 40-game run in 1986-87.

"He does it every night and his consistency is remarkable," coach Scott Brooks said.

Durant should get some help from Russell Westbrook, who is expected to play after sitting out Thursday to rest his surgically repaired knee in the first of a back-to-back. Westbrook is averaging 25.2 points and 8.4 assists over his last five games.

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was held out against New Orleans due to a back injury, leaving his status for this game unclear. He was averaging 18.0 points while shooting 69.7 percent over a three-game stretch before getting hurt.

The Thunder are 11-2 on the road against Eastern Conference teams, while Toronto has won six of its last seven against the West.

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