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OKC Thunder Matchup Preview: Minnesota, Dallas, Miami

OKC Thunder Matchup Preview: Minnesota, Dallas, Miami

OKC’s next three opponents should be pretty familiar to Thunder fans: twice against divisional rival Minnesota, once bout against a pesky Dallas team, and finally, a go-around against Miami. Without further ado, let’s break the games down.

 

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

 

The Timberwolves are a paltry 12-26 on the season, but the Northwestern division rival usually plays the Thunder pretty closely.

 

Andrew Wiggins is still working on finding a foothold in the league, but his stats this season would indicate that he’s getting there: 20.6 PPG, just under 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a still.

 

2015 #1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns has been an absolute monster this season, posting superb stats for a big man. His ceiling is higher than almost anybody not named Anthony Davis. It’ll be interesting to see how Steven Adams, Serge Ibaka, and Enes Kanter contend with with the big guy on the block.

 

Today, @ Target Center, 7 P.M.

1/15, Chesapeake Energy Arena, 6 P.M.

 

Dallas Mavericks

 

The Mavs have taken three of the last four against Thunder. On the backs of rejuvenated internation big men Dirk Nowitzki and Zaza Pachulia, the Mavericks are still in playoff position: 22-16, second in the Southwest division behind the San Antonio Spurs.

 

It seems as if no matter how many times the Dallas Mavs swing and miss on a prime free agent, Rick Carlisle fields a competitive, entertaining, and fundamentally sound squad. Having a generous owner helps a bit too.

1/14, Cheseapeake Energy Arena, 6 P.M.

 

Miami Heat

 

The Heat have six players who average double digits. It’s fair, then, to say that Erik Spoelstra’s scheme revolves around ball movement, screens low and high, and great passing skills from not just guards but forwards as well. Eight Heat players average at least 1.5 assists per game; three of those are forwards.

 

1/17, Chesapeake Energy Arena, 6 P.M.

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