The Oklahoma City Thunder have a chance to avenge their only home loss of the season Monday night, when they travel to Portland to face the Trail Blazers, an inconsistent team who have looked like one of Oklahoma City's biggest threats in the West at times this year.
While Portland has struggled to a 3-9 road record, they are a nearly perfect 11-1 at the Rose Garden so far.
The Thunder will need Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins to play well defensively, as Trail Blazers PF LaMarcus Aldridge dominated the low-block in the team's first meeting, scoring 30 points on 10-19 shooting.
Kevin Durant, meanwhile, was held in check by Portland's trio of stand-out perimeter defenders, Gerald Wallace, Nic Batum and Wesley Matthews, shooting 8-26 from the field.
The game could come down to the point guard position, where little love is lost between Ray Felton and Russell Westbrook. After the Trail Blazers victory in early January, Felton called out Westbrook, claiming the Oklahoma City star was more concerned about winning his individual match-up than getting his teammates involved and playing for the victory.
The 9:00 PM game will be televised nationally by NBATV.