When and where: March 13, 2019, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK, 7:00 PM ET
The Brooklyn Nets begin a seven-game road stretch on Wednesday in a head-to-head meeting with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since snapping their three-game losing streak, the Nets have won their last four regular season games against the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder, on the other hand, are enjoying a bounce-back win over the Utah Jazz.
Nets dominate the Pistons
The Pistons were perceived as the more physical basketball team with star forward Blake Griffin and center Andre Drummond surveying the front court, but it was the Nets bringing the physicality in Monday’s tilt between the two Eastern Conference playoff contenders. They held the Pistons to a ridiculously poor 27.8 field goal shooting percentage and 23.5 percent from 3-pointer.
People often forget how good the Nets are at rebounding the ball, leading to what some might consider a shocking display of dominance on the boards. However, the Nets are second only to the Utah Jazz in rebounds per game, and they continued to prove their effectiveness in that area by outworking the Pistons under the basket.
Guard Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets off the bench with 19 points, two rebounds and two assists, while D’Angelo Russell turned in 11 points, three rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Allen Krabbe also had a big night by netting a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the 103-75 victory.
Westbrook leads the Thunder to victory amid controversy
Russell Westbrook’s near triple-double performance against the Jazz on Monday night was overshadowed by an ugly run-in with a fan. According to Westbrook, the fan was making vulgar remarks towards him on the sidelines, which ultimately prompted him into firing back with verbal threats of his own. The fan involved in the incident was permanently banned on Tuesday.
Aside from the verbal altercation, the Thunder played exceptionally well on the defensive end of the floor by holding the Jazz to only 36.4 percent shooting. They came up big defensively on a night when George went 0-of-3 from 3-pointer and only scored 14 points. This was far from the dominant, all-around game we’re used to seeing from George, who is widely considered an MVP candidate behind Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden.
Westbrook finished the game with 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, while Dennis Schroder netted a team-high 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Center Steven Adams had 12 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the 98-89 victory.
- Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against teams in the Eastern Conference
- Thunder are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 Wednesday games
- Over is 7-1 in Thunder last 8 against teams with a winning straight up record
- Over is 4-1 in Thunder last 5 games against teams in the Eastern Conference
- Nets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games after a straight up win
- Nets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games
- Nets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games after an ATS win
- Nets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in the previous game