Tip-Off: 7 PM CDT
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)
Radio: The Sports Animal
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F-C Nikola Jokic has had an incredible season, and he had a decent game in his first real outing against the Thunder this season as he put up 23 points on 8/16 (50%) shooting from the field and 6/6 (100%) from the free throw line to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The Thunder big men did not have too many issues with Jokic, but they should play him physically and keep him as uninvolved in the high-powered Nuggets offense as possible.
Keys to the Game
- Interior is Important: Oklahoma City and Denver are extremely close statistically when looking at their abilities in the paint over the course of the season, but the Thunder were able to win the interior battle just a few days ago when the teams met in Denver. Oklahoma City outscored Denver 56-48 in the paint, and the the Thunder outrebounded the Nuggets 54-42. Oklahoma City will need to find similar success in this season finale to pick up a win in front of the home crowd.
- Second Unit Success: Despite three starters resting last night against the Timberwolves, Oklahoma City able to come away with a win in Minnesota thanks mostly to six different members of the Thunder scoring in double digits. Russell Westbrook desperately needs some consistent help, and hopefully his teammates are able to pick up right where they left off yesterday.
- Finish: This game technically means very little, but every game matter when you are a Thunder fan. Oklahoma City’s playoff matchup with Houston is set in stone, and whether the Thunder win or lose will not change that at all, but it would be nice to end the season with a win in front of a home crowd that will include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and recently dethroned single-season triple-double leader Oscar Robertson. Russell Westbrook should play at a least a little bit, and the home crowd cannot wait to celebrate his record-setting season with him.
Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.