Time: 08:00 PM ET.
Competition:Portland trail blazers vs. oklahoma city thunder
Venue:Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game preview:
About the Thunder:
Oklahoma City comes into Portland on a hot streak, having won eight games in a row, including a 97-95 victory at Sacramento on Tuesday. The streak includes wins over two other top Western Conference teams, Golden State and San Antonio. ... Durant, who on Tuesday was named the Western Conference Player of the Month, entered Tuesday's games as the leading scorer in the NBA, 2.0 points ahead of New York's Carmelo Anthony. Durant led the league in scoring for three consecutive seasons before Anthony ended the run last season. ... Before Tuesday, Oklahoma City was No. 8 in the league in points per game at 104.1. Last season, they finished No. 3 at 105.7. ... Ibaka ranks No. 3 in blocks at 2.6. He led the league last season at 3.03.
About the Blazers:
Portland looks for its third win a row after its 11-game winning streak was ended in Phoenix last Wednesday. They have since beaten the Lakers and Indiana. ... Portland has not lost at the Moda Center since Nov. 5, when they fell to Houston. They've since won six home games in a row and are 7-1 at home. ... The Blazers rank No. 5 in the NBA in point differential at plus-5 as they are averaging 104.7 while giving up 99.7 points per game. Last season they finished No. 22 at minus-3.2. ... Aldridge ranks No. 2 among power forwards in scoring, one point behind Minnesota's Kevin Love. Lillard is No. 5 among point guards. ... Lillard had an eight-game streak of not missing a free throw end Sunday in Los Angeles, where he went 8 for 9 against the Lakers. He made all 10 of his free-throw attempts against Indiana on Monday and is No. 9 in the league at 90.7 percent. His backup, Mo Williams, who does not have enough attempts to be listed among the league leaders, is 11 for 11 at the line.
The Thunder have won 10 of the last 12 matchups, including all four last season, and have a 110-102 all-time lead, which includes games played before the team moved from Seattle. Since becoming the Thunder, OKC has a 12-8 advantage. The Blazers have a 67-39 home advantage.
Injuries: For Portland, guard CJ McCollum (left foot break) is out. The Thunder report no injuries.