Don't miss top tier Western Conference teams the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers in their game Thursday on ESPN!Last week the NBA continued on ESPN with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat tackling the Cleveland Cavaliers while the Houston Rockets kept the Brooklyn Nets in the cellar. Lets see what you can look forward to this week on Foxtel.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder Time & Date: Thursday 5th December from the Moda Center Coverage: LIVE at 2:00pm AEDT The Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder are arguably the two hottest teams in the NBA right now, which could not have been expected in the pre-season. In Oklahoma during the pre-season Russell Westbrook was still considered lucky to be ready to play ball by mid December and in Portland the bench did become solidified but not to a level people thought they could win 11 games in a row. Now they're all firing and the Thunder are on top of the world following their thrilling overtime victory against the Golden State Warriors. Although Russell Westbrook hit the game winner falling out of bounds, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka also put in dominating performances which positioned OKC for the win. The Blazers have plenty of reason to be proud of their win total to date and there is one thing the Thunder and the Blazers share, they're the only two teams to have defeated the San Antonio Spurs this season, no easy feat. As it's been for a few seasons now LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard have continued their consistency which allows Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews to play a slashing, risk taking game off of them. Watch For: Steven Adams. Averaging 18 minutes for the Thunder Kiwi Steven Adams is pulling down boards and blocking shots in the fast paced Oklahoma City system.
Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets Time & Date: Saturday 7th December from The Pepsi Center Coverage: LIVE at 11:30am AEDT The high octane Denver Nuggets roll into Boston this week to play the rebuilding Boston Celtics in what promises to be an up and down game. The Nuggets have recovered from a 1-4 start, winning 8 out of their last 10 to improve to a 9-6 record. Their last home game was a close win over the luckless New York Knicks and the Nuggets are now on the road with 6 straight road games, with this match-up the 4th of 6. For the Celtics you could well suspect they are going through some growing pains as a large portion of their roster are learning how to adjust to the NBA. That mainly includes Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger. Although Jeff Green and Avery Bradley are keeping the Celtics afloat while they wait for Rajon Rondo's return, as they've provided a calm steady hand running the offense on a nightly basis. Ty Lawson has been exceptional during their 5 game win streak, frequently pushing the ball for high volumes of exciting fast breaks. Watch For: Wilson Chandler. Coming from China in the lockout season and suffering through multiple injuries last season, Chandler when healthy is a high profile scorer and slasher, he's retruning to a healthier state now he's been in the line-up a few weeks.