Week 23 Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Tuesday, March 20, 2018

03/20/2018 at 02:03pm

Get ready for Tuesday’s TNT doubleheader with five stats to watch in each game. The action tips off in Boston, where the Thunder (43-29) look for their seventh straight win when they take on an injury-depleted Celitcs (47-23) squad. That is followed by the Blazers (44-26) looking to extend their win streak to 14 games when they host the league-leading Rockets (56-14) in a showdown between the current No 1 and No. 3 teams in the West.

Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics, 8:00 ET, TNT

Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 ET, TNT

  • Damian Lillard leads the league in 3PA (10.0) and FTA (10.3) in March, while James Harden is 2nd in both of those categories.
  • Over his last 15 games, Damian Lillard is averaging 32.3 Points on 45.7-40.5-90.7 shooting splits.
  • In two previous matchups this season, Trevor Ariza (46 possesssions) and Chris Paul (30 possessions) were the primary defenders of Damian Lillard. Lillard shot 60% from the field against both players – 6-10 vs. Ariza and 3-5 vs. Paul. The biggest difference came from the 3-point line as Lillard made 4-8 vs. Ariza, but was 0-2 vs. Paul.
  • James Harden has played in only one game vs. Portland this season, but had one of his top performances in their Dec. 9 matchup. Harden scored 48 points – tied for his 5th-highest scoring game of the year – on 16-29 FG, 4-7 3P and 12-14 FT.
  • Evan Turner was the primary defender on Harden for 61.1% of his offensive possessions. In those 44 possessions, Harden scored 25 points on 8-15 shooting from the field and made an additional 8 free throws.