The Thunder are not unbeatable, as they've actually lost two of their last three home games after a 13-0 start, including a 98-84 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. That being said, OKC hasn't lost two consecutive home games since March 2012. The Nets have lost four straight on the road and are 4-12 on the road overall.
Oklahoma City won't have star point guard Russell Westbrook tonight, as he's recovering from his most recent surgical procedure on his right knee. Nets center Brook Lopez is preparing to undergo the knife to repair his broken foot this week, and backup center Andray Blatche is still out tonight due to undisclosed personal reasons.
Of course, Brooklyn will still have to deal with Kevin Durant, who has always fared well against the Nets in his career.
Durant has averaged 24.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in 10 career games against the Nets, and he currently leads the NBA in scoring at 28.8 PPG this season.
The Nets defeated the Thunder in their most recent meeting, exactly one year ago to the day, a 110-93 victory that was Oklahoma City's most lopsided loss of the season.
Key Matchup: Every team has problems matching up with Durant, and the Nets might mix-and-match on him defensively, with Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett getting their chances on him. But keeping him in check is a lot easier said than done.
The 25-year-old Durant has the ability to score from anywhere on the court, and the Nets need to communicate well on defense in order to force him to give the ball up. Any possession that doesn't end with a Durant shot is a small victory for Brooklyn.
Player to Watch: Rookie center Mason Plumlee had one of the finest games of his young NBA career on Tuesday, putting up his first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in 38 minutes against the San Antonio Spurs.
The Thunder are one of the strongest teams in the NBA at defending the interior, allowing opponents to shoot just 53.6% from less than five feet from the basket, the second lowest shooting percentage allowed from that distance. They're also third-best in the NBA in shooting percentage allowed from five-to-nine feet from the basket.