Oklahoma City Thunder at Brooklyn Nets (+3.5, 191)
The Brooklyn Nets had a chance to make a statement in Saturday's game at Miami, but they wilted in the second half in falling by 13 points to the reigning NBA champions. The Nets get another chance at a statement game when they host Kevin Durant and the red-hot Oklahoma Thunder on Tuesday. Brooklyn is 7-1 at the Barclays Center and has won six straight on its home court since blowing a 22-point lead against Minnesota in its second game of the season.
Oklahoma City has ripped off five consecutive victories and is coming off a rout at New Orleans in which it led by 27 points after three quarters. The league's highest-scoring team, the Thunder have won their last four by an average of 25 points. Durant is shooting 61.8 percent from the floor in that span as he bids for a fourth consecutive league scoring title. Oklahoma City has won the past six meetings with the Nets.TV:
7:30 p.m. ET, FSOK (Oklahoma City), YES (New York), NBATVABOUT THE THUNDER (14-4, 12-5-1 ATS):
Center Kendrick Perkins is coming off his best two games of the season, scoring 12 points against Utah and 10 against New Orleans while shooting a combined 11-for-15 from the floor. It marked only the second and third times that Perkins has scored in double figures. The 6-10 Perkins underwent surgery on his groin and wrist in July and had been questionable to be ready for the start of the season.ABOUT THE NETS (11-5, 10-4-2 ATS):
Brooklyn scored only 30 points in the second half and 11 in the fourth quarter against Miami. Andray Blatche scored 20 points in his second start for ailing center and leading scorer Brook Lopez (foot), who will sit out his third straight game. However, the elevation of Blatche to the starting lineup has had a ripple effect on Brooklyn's bench, which has produced 23 and 20 points, respectively, in the last two games.TRENDS:
* Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings at Nets.
* Favorite is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings.
* Thunder are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
* Under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.BUZZER BEATERS:
1. Oklahoma City leads the league in free-throw percentage (83.4). The Nets rank 27th (71.9).
2. Lopez underwent a precautionary MRI exam that came back negative. He missed practice Monday and is listed as day-to-day.
3. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook has been disruptive at both ends of the floor in the last three games, averaging nine assists, 4.3 steals and six turnovers.