Oklahoma City faces Brooklyn after Gilgeous-Alexander's 40-point game

Sat, Dec 30, 2023
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Oklahoma City faces Brooklyn after Gilgeous-Alexander's 40-point game

Brooklyn Nets (15-17, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (21-9, second in the Western Conference)

Oklahoma City; Sunday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City faces the Brooklyn Nets after Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 40 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-93 win over the Denver Nuggets.

The Thunder have gone 12-5 at home. Oklahoma City ranks seventh in the NBA with 53.5 points in the paint led by Gilgeous-Alexander averaging 15.9.

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The Nets are 6-9 on the road. Brooklyn ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference giving up just 116.1 points while holding opponents to 46.5% shooting.

The Thunder average 12.8 made 3-pointers per game this season, 1.1 fewer makes per game than the Nets allow (13.9). The Nets are shooting 46.7% from the field, 2.1% higher than the 44.6% the Thunder's opponents have shot this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.7 steals for the Thunder. Chet Holmgren is averaging 19.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 blocks over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.

Mikal Bridges is averaging 21.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Nets. Cameron Thomas is averaging 21.3 points over the last 10 games for Brooklyn.

LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 8-2, averaging 126.0 points, 40.2 rebounds, 27.2 assists, 8.9 steals and 7.7 blocks per game while shooting 51.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.1 points per game.

Nets: 3-7, averaging 113.4 points, 44.2 rebounds, 27.2 assists, 6.2 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.9 points.

INJURIES: Thunder: None listed.

Nets: Lonnie Walker IV: out (hamstring), Ben Simmons: out (back).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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