- As we saw in the last game against the Kings and countless others, the Thunder get themselves in trouble with lesser teams when OKC tries to get too 'cute' and throw knockout punches in the 1st quarter. I've been watching the NBA for a long time, and I know I've seen teams win games with amazing first halves, but I've never seen a team win a game simply from a great 1st quarter. Save the flair for later in the game; in the beginning, just get the rebounds and finish the fast breaks. There is little worse than watching a team waste a 3 on 1 fast break.
- The Thunder were without Kevin Durant and Jeff Green in the first match-up and the Thunder struggled to get offense. They won't have the same struggle this time out, but Durant still needs to make a concerted effort to continue his forays to the rim.
- The Bucks do well in the fast break. The Thunder need to make sure they don't give up extra possessions and allow the Bucks to get into the open court. The easiest way to do that is rebound well and not turn the ball over. In the last game, Durant and Russell westbrook combined for 12 turnovers. They need to pay a little more attention to that detail.
- The Thunder have not played great or even good defense in the last two games. It would behoove them to reach for that 24 points per quarter or less threshold. If OKC can do that, I don't think the Bucks can compete over four quarters.
Prediction: Thunder 110, Bucks 95