Preview: New Orleans At Oklahoma City

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Sunday, December 21, 2014
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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With or without reigning MVP Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder look to continue their surge Sunday when they host the New Orleans Pelicans. The Thunder won for the eighth time in nine games when Russell Westbrook had 31 points and 10 assists in a 104-103 victory Friday against the Lakers as Durant rested a sore ankle. The Pelicans, trying to establish themselves as a playoff contender, were embarrassed 114-88 at home Saturday against Portland, which was coming off a triple-overtime win Friday.

Westbrook is averaging 31.7 points per 36 minutes — best in the NBA — and is shooting a career-high 47.2 percent from the floor with 7.2 assists per game. Due to their spurt, Oklahoma City has moved within one-half game of Phoenix and New Orleans for the eighth playoff spot. New Orleans is playing the third in a string of eight of 10 games against teams with winning records.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN New Orleans, FSN Oklahoma

ABOUT THE PELICANS (13-13): New Orleans fell behind early and was never in the game against Portland. Emerging star Anthony Davis (seven points on 3-of-14 shooting) was totally outplayed by LaMarcus Aldridge (27 points on 12-of-20 shooting) and the Pelicans shot just 35.3 percent. New Orleans beat the Thunder 112-104 on Dec. 2 in Durant's return. Durant scored 27 points, but Davis had 25 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and four blocks, and Tyreke Evans scored 30. 

ABOUT THE THUNDER (13-14): Westbrook is averaging a career-high 27.2 points in just 30.9 minutes a game. He has three consecutive 30-point games, seven straight games of 28-plus — the longest streak in the NBA this season — and 11 straight of 20-plus games. His pull-up jumper from the elbow with 31 seconds left iced the win over the Lakers. "It's a shot that I work on consistently," Westbrook said of his mid-range shot. "It's a shot that gives me the opportunity to drive to the basket or make plays for my teammates from that position."


1. Durant has missed 18 games this season after missing just 16 in his first seven NBA seasons combined.

2. Westbrook joins LeBron James as the only players this season with three straight games of 30 or more points and seven or more assists.

3. Davis had scored 30-plus points in three of his previous four prior to Portland. 

PREDICTION: Thunder 104, Pelicans 98 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New Orleans 13-13 L1 8-4 5-9 0-1 13-12 2-3 9-10
Oklahoma City 13-14 W1 7-5 6-9 7-5 6-9 3-3 7-9

Last Meeting

New Orleans Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/2/14 OKC 104 NO 112 112 49 44.3 104 45 44.0

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NO T. Evans 30 58.3 2
OKC K. Durant 27 50.0 6
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NO O. Asik 14 7 7
OKC A. Roberson 9 2 7
Assists Player  
NO J. Holiday 10
OKC R. Westbrook 7
Points Player Total FG% FTM
NO A. Davis 711 57.3 159
OKC R. Westbrook 426 45.0 129
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
NO A. Davis 301 88 213
OKC S. Adams 237 87 150
Assists Player  
NO J. Holiday 203
OKC R. Jackson 141

Quickchart Matchup

New Orleans  Off vs  Oklahoma City Def
102.5 Points For
95.0 Points Against
46.0 FG%
42.4 FG%
43.1 Reb
42.1 Reb
Oklahoma City Off vs  New Orleans Def
96.5 Points For
102.6 Points Against
44.0 FG%
46.9 FG%
42.1 Reb
42.4 Reb

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

New Orleans Overall Oklahoma City
13-13 W/L 13-14
14-12-0 ATS 14-12-1
16-10-0 O/U 8-19-0
102.5 Pts For 96.5
102.6 Pts Against 95.0
New Orleans A/H Oklahoma City
5-9 W/L 7-5
7-7-0 ATS 10-2-0
7-7-0 O/U 2-10-0
97.1 Pts For 96.2
101.9 Pts Against 89.0