Tune-In Tidbits: ESPN Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Get ready for Wednesday’s ESPN doubleheader with key stats and trends to know about each matchup.
Brooklyn Nets (36-33) at Oklahoma City Thunder (41-26), 7:00 ET, ESPN
|Streak/Last 10||W4, 6-4||W1, 4-6|
|OffRtg||109.0 (17)||109.7 (15)|
|DefRtg||108.9 (13)||105.7 (4)|
|NetRtg||0.1 (14)||4.0 (7)|
|eFG%||52.2 (17)||51.5 (21)|
|Pace||101.11 (12)||104.05 (3)|
Need To Know
- The Nets have won four straight to take a 0.5 game lead on the Pistons for 6th in the East. Over this stretch the Nets defense has allowed just 92.3 point per 100 possessions, leading to a league-best 17.8 net rating.
- Brooklyn has a 24.9 net rating differential with Caris LeVert on the court over this stretch, by far the largest on the team. Nets hold opponents to 77.1 points per 100 possessions with him on the court. Since returning from injury, LeVert is posting 19.3 PTS 7.3 REB and 6.8 AST per 100 possessions compared to 29.6 PTS 6.9 REB and 6 AST before the injury.
- Russell Westbrook is averaging 30 PTS 10.4 REB and 6.9 AST since the All-Star break. Over the last 3 months, Westbrook has quietly improved his 3PT shooting month over month: 27% in January, 30.6% in February, and 38.8% so far in March.
- In their first meeting this season on Dec. 5 in Brooklyn, Paul George scored 25 of his season-high 47 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winner with three seconds remaining, as the Thunder rallied from 23 down to defeat the Nets 114-112.
- In the win, Russell Westbrook finished with 21 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds. There have been 10 games over the past 35 seasons when a player reach at least 20 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists; Westbrook has four of them, including three this season.
- Allen Crabbe led Brooklyn with 22 points as six Nets finished in double figures in the loss. Brooklyn shot 15-36 (41.7%) from 3-point range in the loss; on the season, the Nets are 12-10 when they make at least 15 3-pointers and have won 10 times in their last 11 games with 15 treys.
Golden State Warriors (45-21) at Houston Rockets (42-25), 9:30 ET, ESPN
|Streak/Last 10||L1, 4-6||W9, 9-1|
|OffRtg||115.0 (1)||114.2 (2)|
|DefRtg||109.3 (15)||111.3 (22)|
|NetRtg||5.7 (2)||2.9 (11)|
|eFG%||56.0 (1)||53.6 (3)|
|Pace||102.12 (10)||98.21 (28)|
Need To Know
- The Rockets are 9-1 since the All-Star break and hold the league's second best net rating over that span, 7.1. In nine games since the break, Eric Gordon is shooting 42.7% from deep, a huge improvement over the 32% he was shooting before the break.
- According to Synergy playtype data, the Rockets have the three most frequent isolation players in James Harden, Chris Paul, and Austin Rivers (49.4%, 30.1%, 25.4% respectively). Among players that have over a 10% isolation frequency, Harden (2nd at 91.3) and Austin Rivers (8 at 86.6) rank in the top 10 in points per possession.
- Since the All-Star break, Golden State's Stephen Curry (45) and Klay Thompson (32) and Houston's Eric Gordon (38) and James Harden (29) all rank in the top 12 in 3-pointers made. Curry and Thompson are shooting 39.3% on a combined 196 attempts, while Gordon and Harden are shooting 33.5% on 200 combined attempts.
- The Rockets will look to complete the season sweep of the defending champs after winning the first three meetings of the season with the Warriors. Houston is the only team to win three games against Golden State this season, with only Portland and Toronto getting two wins against the Warriors.
- James Harden is averaging 35.5 points and 9.0 assists in two games against the Warriors this season. His 38.2 FG% is his fifth lowest against any opponent this season.
- Only three Rockets have played in all three games with the Warriors this season (Clint Capela, PJ Tucker and Gerald Green). Capela is averaging 15.7 points 15.3 rebounds in the series. He is one of two players to average 15-15 against the Warriors this season when facing them multiple times.
- Stephen Curry is averaging 30 points on 51.1% shooting (38.5% from three) in two games against the Rockets this season. Kevin Durant has appeared in all three games and has averaged 25 points on 47.4% shooting (28.6% from three).
- The Rockets have made at least 16 3-pointers in all three games with the Warriors this season. For the year, Houston is 23-9 when they make at least 16 3-pointers in a game.