Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

11/08/2018 at 01:11pm

Get ready for tonight's TNT doubleheader with seven key stats to know about each matchup. The action tips off in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder (6-4) host the Rockets (4-5) with both teams looking to extend their current win streaks. OKC has won six straight after opening the season 0-4, while Houston has won three straight, with the last two helped by the return of James Harden.

That game is followed by the Warriors (10-1) hosting the Bucks (8-2) in Oakland in a meeting between teams with three combined losses in 21 games played and featuring two of the top three candidates in the latest Kia MVP Ladder.

Houston Rockets at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8:00 ET, TNT

Milwaukee Bucks at Golden State Warriors, 10:30 ET, TNT

  • The Warriors (123.5) and Bucks (120) are currently 1st and 2nd in the league in scoring, and are the only teams averaging more than 120 PPG.

  • Only the Houston Rockets shoot more three-pointers per game than the Milwaukee Bucks. Khris Middleton’s rise as an elite three point shooter has been a big reason why: he’s third in the league in 3PM with 38 while shooting a career high 48% from deep.

  • Alfonzo McKinnie, one of the biggest feel-good stories this season, has made the most in his first season in the Bay Area. While he is on the court, the team has a 102 Defensive Rating, 4.3 points better than their season rating of 106.3 and 3.8 points better than their 105.8 rating when he is off the court. The 102 Defensive Rating would put them on par with Milwaukee’s stellar defense; they are currently third in the league with a 102.1 Defensive Rating

  • When Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the court, the Bucks grab 27.8% of available Offensive Rebounds (better than the season average of 18 teams) and 77.9% of available Defensive Rebounds (better than the season averages of every team but Dallas). With him off the court, the Bucks grab 23.8% of available Offensive Rebounds (worse than the season averages of 25 teams) and 71.8% of available Defensive Rebounds (worse than the season averages of 20 teams).

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo averages the most shot attempts from within 5 feet (12.2) and hits them at 71.8%

  • 79.4% of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 2pt FGAs are labeled as either tight or very tightly guarded and he hits them at 57.4%

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo defends 3.6 FGA per game from within 6 feet and opponents shoot 46.9% on them, which is 12.1 percentage points below what the shooters average. Last season, Antetokounmpo allowed opponents to shoot 54.4% on those shots (7.6 percentage points below average).