Russell Westbrook v Mike Conley Jr.
Conley’s name is rarely thrown into the conversation when discussing the league’s elite point guards. And it probably shouldn’t be, with his NBA impact not nearing that of Westbrook, Rondo and Rose, among others. But don’t sleep on Memphis’ sharpshooting team-leader. He’s averaging career-highs in points (14.8) and assists (6.8) right now. And he’s perfectly capable of outplaying Westbrook on any given night, especially considering Westbrook’s hot-and-cold start to the year.
Stat of the game
Both teams per game averages nearly mirror each other. Memphis is scoring 100.7 points per game and giving up 91.7. Oklahoma City is scoring 99.1 and giving up 92.0.
The Thunder’s five-game win streak looks slightly less impressive when you consider all the wins came against bottom-tier Eastern Conference teams with a combined 11-28 record. Meanwhile, Memphis has taken down Utah, Houston’s Hardens and the defending champs (by 18 points) in their five-game run. But this one is in The Peake, and it should be rowdy. I’ll take OKC by 7 in its first true test.
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