Week 23 Tune-In Tidbits: TNT Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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
- Al Horford is 3rd in 3P% (42.4%) of all centers taking at least 3 3PA per game.
- Kyrie Irving will miss his fourth straight game due to left knee soreness. The Celtics’ offense is 8.0 points per 100 possessions better when Irving is on the floor (108.7 OffRtg) compared to when he’s off the court (100.7 OffRtg).
- Russell Westbrook has recorded a triple-double in five consecutive games – all OKC wins. He needs 121 rebounds over OKC’s final 10 games to average a triple-double for the second straight season.
- During their six-game win streak, the Thunder have averaged 116.2 points per game and have six players averaging double-figures in scoring – Westbrook (25.0), Paul George (17.7), Steven Adams (14.6), Corey Brewer (14.0), Carmelo Anthony (13.2) and Jerami Grant (10.3).
- The Celtics own the NBA’s best defensive rating (101.3) as well as the lowest defensive field goal percentage (43.6%). Boston forces it opponents to shoot 2.6% worse than their season average.
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.