In one of the many flukes that have come about from the NBA's compressed 66-game regular season after a six-month lockout, the Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Houston Rockets Friday night before traveling to Texas for a rematch on Saturday.
For the Thunder, coming off a two-game losing streak to Dallas and Portland, the double-header against the Rockets will be a chance to establish more consistency against a good but over-matched opponent.
While Oklahoma City has one of the best records in the West at 5-2, their point differential is only +0.6, meaning that they've been scraping by with close victories instead of dominating games from start to finish.
Houston, who gives up 101.8 points a game, 28th worst in the NBA, presents a lot of opportunities for the Thunder to attack the basket and not settle for outside jumpers, as their two starting big men -- Jordan Hill and Luis Scola -- average less than .5 blocks a game.
The 7:00 PM game will be broadcast regionally on Fox Sports Kansas City Plus.