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NBA Playoffs: A Statistical Look At Oklahoma City And Houston

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The matchup couldn't be any juicier.

Oklahoma City and Houston will face off in the first round of the NBA playoffs, beginning Sunday night in Oklahoma City at 8:30 p.m. CST.

With two of the best offenses in the NBA going head-to-head, it's easy to expect a lot of fireworks, but the Thunder have quietly been a very good defensive team this season, ranking in the top-10 in points allowed and defensive efficiency. Houston, on the other hand, has been a terrible defensive team, ranking third-to-last in points allowed.

Of course, it would be impossible to overlook the fact James Harden's first playoff series as a team's alpha dog will be against his former team. It will be interesting to see how Harden responds, especially during games in Oklahoma City.

During the season, the two teams faced off three times, with Oklahoma City rolling to wins in two of the games, while Houston took the final game behind 46 points from Harden in thrilling, come-from-behind fashion.

Here's a statistical look at the two teams, and how they fared this season.

Season Matchups

Nov. 28 in Oklahoma City- OKC 120-98

Dec. 29 in Houston- OKC 124-94

Feb. 20 in Houston- HOU 122-119


Avg/Game                                  Oklahoma City          Houston

Points                                           105.7 (3rd)           106 (2nd)

Points Against                              96.5 (T-9th)          102.5 (28th)

Rebounds                                     43.6 (6th)             43.3 (7th)

Field Goal Percentage                 48.1 (2nd)            46.1 (9th)

3-Point FG Percentage                37.7 (3rd)             36.6 (8th)

3-point Makes                              7.3 (14th)             10.6 (2nd)

Free Throw Percentage               82.8 (1st)              75.4 (16th)

Assists                                         21.4 (21st)             23.2 (6th)

Turnovers                                    15.3 (4th)               16.4 (1st)

Point Differential                         + 9.2 (1st)              + 3.5 (9th)


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