Losing games but keeping them close is not necessarily a bad thing this early in the season, the Wizards who are a young team looking for their identity as well as some chemistry have a record of 1-3 but have actually kept their losing games very close down to the end, they do not give up. The Thunder have yet to lose at home and know with the return of all star point guard Russell Westbrook this team has soared to new highs, the one difference is their lack of solid defense, something they have been known for but this season has not gotten off to the best start, allowing almost triple digits a game.
Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
7:00 PM ET, November 10, 2013
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Washington is looking to get their offense on the same page, they are passing the ball well and point guard John Wall seems to be passing the ball first. Their lack of a go to scorer inside the paint has been difficult, the pickup of center Marcin Gortot has still not shown fruits like they expected. This team needs just a little be more of a sense of urgency, a little momentum could really go a long way for a team like this.
Oklahoma City Thunder are back at home where their fan base erupts like Seattle’s does on NFL Sunday, they back their team up and they make sure you know that, making it hard to run a clean offense in such a load place. The Thunder are expecting center Kendrick Perkins back from a hand injury to help on the defensive end, but for now it seems that simply outscoring their opponents is enough.
What to expect:
The Thunder win this game, they have too much fire power on offense and their ability to rotate the ball around the floor until it reaches the open guy is just better then Washington right now. I think that the Wizards make things interesting by playing trap defense from half court down as well as doubling Durant every time he touches the ball. Still in the end the Thunder take this game by 7.