Daily NBA Fix 11-22-13: Thunder Roll, Nuggets Cruise

Just two games on the docket Thursday night, with a potential Western Conference Finals preview in Oklahoma City. Also out west, the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls met with Derrick Rose continuing his struggles. Let’s get into today’s Daily NBA Fix for Friday, November 22.

Thursday’s Results (home team in CAPS)


OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 105, Los Angeles Clippers

Perfect Thunder – The Thunder moved to 5-0 at home with a relatively easy win over the visiting Clippers. Kevin Durant scored 28 points with six rebounds and eight assists (although he missed three FTs?!?!). Serge Ibaka added 17 with three blocks and Russell Westbrook scored 12. The Clippers got 27 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals from Blake Griffin and Chris Paul continued his double-double streak, scoring 17 points with 12 assists.

DENVER NUGGETS 97, Chicago Bulls 87

Nuggets Defensive – These aren’t your father’s Denver Nuggets. They held the Bulls to just 38.8 percent from the field and played dominant basketball in the second half for the win. Jordan Hamilton led with 17 points off the bench, with J.J. Hickson adding 14 and nine rebounds and Kenneth Faried adding 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks. Derrick Rose struggled in the second half, ending with 19 points and four assists on 9-for-20 shooting. Three different Bulls went over 10 rebounds.

Thurday’s Top Five

Kevin Durant

One of the best in the league, every time he steps on the floor. (NBA.com photo)

Player Opp MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Kevin Durant LAC W 38:35 10 19 .526 2 5 .400 6 9 .667 0 6 6 8 1 0 1 0 28
Blake Griffin @ OKC L 36:39 12 23 .522 0 0 3 4 .750 2 8 10 5 2 0 3 1 27
Chris Paul @ OKC L 35:17 7 11 .636 3 4 .750 0 0 0 5 5 12 0 0 3 2 17
Joakim Noah @ DEN L 32:49 4 10 .400 0 0 3 4 .750 7 5 12 8 0 1 1 3 11
Mike Dunleavy @ DEN L 31:13 6 11 .545 2 5 .400 1 1 1.000 0 5 5 2 1 1 0 1 15
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/22/2013.

Thursday’s Bottom Five

Luol Deng

Sorry Luol, you shoot that bad, you’re going on the bad list. (Flickr.com photo/Keith Allison)

Player Opp MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Luol Deng @ DEN L 32:34 3 18 .167 0 1 .000 0 0 5 8 13 2 1 0 4 4 6
Marquis Teague @ DEN L 14:55 1 5 .200 0 0 1 1 1.000 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 3
Nazr Mohammed @ DEN L 8:07 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wilson Chandler CHI W 27:14 0 2 .000 0 1 .000 0 0 0 3 3 3 1 0 2 1 0
Timofey Mozgov CHI W 19:00 2 6 .333 0 0 0 2 .000 1 4 5 1 0 3 3 2 4
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/22/2013.

Nightly Goose Egg Award (most minutes without scoring)

The winner of tonight’s Goose Egg award is Wilson Chandler, who played 27:14 and only took two shots (obviously making none). He added three rebounds and three assists, though.

Nightly Clean And Sober Award (most minutes without taking a shot)

Andre Roberson wins the Clean and Sober award, but it was more by default than anything else. Roberson played just 1:49 and didn’t get a shot up.

Circling The Drain

30. Utah Jazz (1-12)
29. Milwaukee Bucks (2-8)
28. Boston Celtics (4-9)
27. Brooklyn Nets (3-8)
26. New York Knicks (3-8)

Random Tidbits and News

In a world where we get excited when Dwight Howard makes 65 percent of his free throws, we get bummed out when Kevin Durant goes just 6-for-9…What’s usually a fun night of prime games turned out to be two duds…Having three different Bulls starters with 10+ rebounds is awfully impressive…Derrick Rose again only got to the line one time…I get the feeling Blake Griffin is going to steal MVP votes from Chris Paul this year.

Friday’s Schedule and Lines (courtesy of VegasInsider.com)

NBA SPREAD
11/22 7:05 PM
501 Phoenix
502 Charlotte
191u-10
-3 -10

191u-10
-3 -10
PHO-G-Eric Bledsoe-Probable | CHA-F-Al Jefferson-? | TV: FS-Arizona, SportSouth, DTV: 650, 686, 751, 752
11/22 7:05 PM
503 Milwaukee
504 Philadelphia
204½u-10
-2½ -10

201u-10
-3 -10

201u-10
-3 -10

200½u-10
-3 -10
-3 -10 -3 -10
201u-10
-3½ -10
MIL-G-O.J. Mayo-Probable | TV: CSN-Philadelphia, DTV: 753
11/22 7:05 PM
505 Washington
506 Toronto
193½u-10
-6 -10

192½u-10
-4½ -10

192½u-10
-4½ -10

194u-10
-5 -10

192½u-10
-5 -10
-4½ -10
194u-10
-4½ -10
Picks
TV: CSN-DC+, TSN2, DTV: 643, 754
11/22 7:35 PM
507 Indiana
508 Boston
-7½ -10
183½u-10

-8 -10
185u-10

-7½ -10
185½u-10

-8 -10
185u-10

-7½ -10

-8 -10
185½u-10
BOS-G-Rajon Rondo-OUT | TV: FS-Indiana, CSN-New England, DTV: 630, 673, 755, 756
11/22 7:35 PM
509 Atlanta
510 Detroit
199u-10
-4 -10

197½u-10
-4 -10

198u-10
-4½ -10

197½u-10
-4 -10

198u-10
-4½ -10
-4½ -10
197½u-10
-4½ -10
ATL-G-Jeff Teague-OUT | TV: SportSouth, FS-Detroit, DTV: 649, 663, 757, 758
11/22 8:05 PM
511 San Antonio
512 Memphis
-1 -10
186u-10

-1 -10
186u-10

-1 -10
186u-10

-1 -10
186u-10

-1 -10
186u-10

-1 -10

-1½ -10
185½u-10
Picks
TV: FS-Southwest, SportSouth, ESPN, DTV: 206
11/22 8:05 PM
513 Brooklyn
514 Minnesota
201u-10
-6½ -10

201u-10
-1 -10
BRK-C-Brook Lopez-? | BRK-G-Deron Williams-Doubtful | TV: YES, FS-North, DTV: 631, 668, 759, 760
11/22 8:05 PM
515 Cleveland
516 New Orleans
193½u-10
-7½ -10

196u-10
-7 -10

195u-10
-6½ -10

196u-10
-6½ -10

195u-10
-6½ -10
-6½ -10
195½u-10
-7 -10
Picks
TV: FS-Ohio, New Orleans, DTV: 660, 678, 761, 762
11/22 8:35 PM
517 Utah
518 Dallas
205½u-10
-12½ -10

203u-10
-11½ -10

203u-10
-11½ -10

203u-10
-11½ -10

203u-10
-11½ -10
-11½ -10
203u-10
-12 -10
UTA-F-Gordon Hayward-? | TV: ROOT-Rocky Mountain, FS-Southwest, DTV: 676, 684, 763, 764
11/22 10:05 PM
519 Chicago
520 Portland
193u-10
-2½ -10

189u-10
-3½ -10

XX
XX

189u-10
-3½ -10
-3½ -10 -3½ -10
190u-10
-3½ -10
Picks
TV: CSN-Chicago, Northwest,, DTV: 665, 765, 766
11/22 10:35 PM
521 Golden State
522 L.A. Lakers
-6 -10
205u-10

-6 -10
205u-10
GS-G-Stephen Curry-? | LAL-G-Kobe Bryant-OUT | TV: CSN-Bay, Time Warner, ESPN, DTV: 206
Updated: Fri, Nov 22 09:30 AM EDT

Your Best Bets*

Bobcats -3
Wolves -6.5
Blazers -2.5

Thursday’s Best Bets

Thunder -4.5 (WIN)
Nuggets +3.5 (WIN)

Season Record: 19-15

*you know, if it’s legal and you’re responsible about it.

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