Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018
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
In his first season in a reserve role, Carmelo Anthony is currently on pace to set a new career high in Effective Field Goal Percentage (53.2%). Over his last three games, all Rockets’ wins, his EFG % is 70%. The last full season his EFG% was at least 51% was in the 2007-08 season with Denver.
With Russell Westbrook sidelined with an ankle injury, Dennis Schroder is expected to start.So far this season, 27.8% of his passes go to Paul George, more than twice the amount of his next most passed to teammate.
Last season Russell Westbrook was first in Drives per game (19.3) and James Harden was 2nd (17.1). Westbrook led the league in Drive Assists per game and Harden was 2nd in each of the past two seasons. So far Harden is 2nd in drives per game (17.3) and Westbrook is 6th (15.6)
Last season Clint Capela defended the most shot attempts from within 6 feet of the basket, and he held opponents to 5.2 percentage points below their average in that area
The Thunder are 2nd in the League at causing turnovers, forcing one on 18.4% of their opponents possessions. Rockets are also high, ranking 10th at 15.3% of their opponents possessions
OKC takes care of the ball, ranking 4th in TOV% at 13.5%, while Houston ranks 13th at 14.4%. No team does a better job of converting opponent miscues into offense than OKC with the Thunder leading the league in points off turnovers at 23.5 per game.
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%
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).