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Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder

San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder

Chesapeake Energy Arena
1/8/2012, 6pm Spurs Time
TV: NBA TV and FSSW - RADIO: WOAI

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be playing a THIGABABABA today. The San Antonio Spurs will be playing a SEGABABA. BSPN will tell you that it's a 'young, talented team versus an old, wily veteran team' but what it really comes down to is who can knock down their 3s while controlling the paint.

Both teams like to shoot the 3 ball. Both are in top ten for 3s made and 3%. SA takes over 3 more 3-point attempts than OKC and converts +2 per game than OKC. On the defensive side OKC allows +2 more 3-point attempts per game than the Spurs do. But, OKC's opponents have been hitting at a 40% clip while SAS allows their opponents to hit 50%. In both of OKC's losses, their opponents shot a higher 3%.

If either team is hitting their long range shots and the other one does not, it will be game over before the half. If SAS can come out firing and put OKC under some pressure early, the Thunder should collapse. They are playing a third game back to back to back and no matter the will, the body and mind both tire. If SAS cannot jump on an early lead, then the Thunder can utilize their youthful energy and confidence to make this a real scrap.

Lineups

Starters
PG: Tony Parker
SG: Gary Neal
SF: Richard Jefferson
PF: Tim Duncan
C: DeJuan Blair

Key Bench Players
Tiago Splitter
Kawhi Leonard
James Anderson

Lineups

Starters
PG: Russell Westbrook
SG: Thabo Sefolosha
SF: Kevin Durant
PF: Serge Ibaka
C: Kendrick Perkins

Key Bench Players
Nick Collison
James Harden
Nazr Mohammed

NBA Stats Cube Lineup Comparison Here. Thunder perspective here: Welcome to Loud City

As always Tony must dominate Fisher, and NBA league pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Almost every Spurs game will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area. Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate.