Northwest Foes Collide in a Star-Studded Division Rivalry

On Monday Night, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors collide for the 3rd time this season. Golden State has taken the first two meetings, which they have won by a combined score of 205-195. The last meeting between these two foes was a nail-biter, which was won with the help of Stephen Curry, who scored 34 points.

Additionally, that December 18th meeting was the game in which Kevin Durant injured his ankle. Durant had already missed most of the season due to a foot injury. Durant has been extremely effective when he has played, but the Thunder have fluttered when he is off the floor.

According to Totally Tickets, the average ticket price for these OKC Thunder tickets is $187.48. The minimum or get-in price for this game is $42.00. There is no denying that this is one of the premiere matchups in the Western Conference. Due to how well the Warriors have been playing, and the return the reigning MVP, there is no reason to be shocked by the price of this game.

This matchup has featured one of the best scoring offenses against one of the best defenses in the NBA. Despite their 17-17 record, the Thunder are only giving up 97.4 points per game. These are also two of the best rebounding teams in the NBA, as they rank 3rd(Thunder) and 7th(Warriors) in team rebounding respectively.

Warrior’s power forward David Lee could be an x-factor in this matchup. Lee finally returned to the court on December 22nd after a preseason injury. Lee is scoring 15.2 points per game in his career, and could pose a unique threat to Serge Ibaka, who is having another solid season in the blue and orange of Oklahoma City.

Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook will also face off for the second time this season. Westbrook missed the first meeting between these teams, but scored 33 points in the second meeting. Curry and Westbrook were locked in a heated battle, but Golden State was ultimately too much for the Thunder. Tonight’s tip-off is at 10:30 PM ET.