Thunder face the Raptors, look for 4th straight win

Thu, Mar 21, 2024
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Thunder face the Raptors, look for 4th straight win

Oklahoma City Thunder (48-20, first in the Western Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (23-46, 12th in the Eastern Conference)

Toronto; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City will attempt to extend its three-game win streak with a victory against Toronto.

The Raptors have gone 13-21 in home games. Toronto is 5-9 in games decided by 3 points or fewer.

The Thunder are 20-13 in road games. Oklahoma City is at the bottom of the Western Conference recording only 41.8 rebounds per game led by Chet Holmgren averaging 8.0.

The Raptors score 113.3 points per game, 0.3 more points than the 113.0 the Thunder give up. The Thunder average 120.7 points per game, 2.6 more than the 118.1 the Raptors give up to opponents.

The teams play for the second time this season. In the last matchup on Feb. 5 the Thunder won 135-127 in overtime led by 24 points from Josh Giddey, while RJ Barrett scored 23 points for the Raptors.

TOP PERFORMERS: Gary Trent Jr. is scoring 12.8 points per game with 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the Raptors. Kelly Olynyk is averaging 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds while shooting 52.7% over the past 10 games.

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Holmgren is averaging 17.1 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the Thunder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 29.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 52.2% over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 1-9, averaging 105.6 points, 40.3 rebounds, 26.8 assists, 8.5 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.8 points per game.

Thunder: 7-3, averaging 117.3 points, 42.0 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 8.9 steals and 6.2 blocks per game while shooting 48.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.0 points.

INJURIES: Raptors: Jakob Poeltl: out (finger), RJ Barrett: out (personal), Chris Boucher: out (knee), Scottie Barnes: out (hand), Immanuel Quickley: out (personal), D.J. Carton: out (ankle).

Thunder: None listed.


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