Thursday's 2013 NBA live streaming and televised games schedule will feature the struggling Chicago Bulls as they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are currently considered among the top contenders in the Western Conference for a trip to the NBA Finals in 2014, while the Bulls, without star Derrick Rose, are clinging to hopes of a playoff spot in 2014. The latest televised and live streaming NBA game will be featured on TNT for fans on Thursday evening as part of a doubleheader.
An ESPN.com report from Dec. 19 notes that the Thunder will be looking to extend their winning streak to eight games, which would be the longest current streak in the NBA. They’ll look to do so by defeating an opponent who they have owned the past two seasons: the Chicago Bulls who are just 9-15 on the season and falling out of a potential playoff spot fast, even if the postseason is months away.
For the Thunder, they currently sport the league’s best overall record at 20-4 and have a perfect 12-0 record at home. Kevin Durant is once again leading the way in scoring, and has scored 30 points ore more twelve times this season. The Thunder also gladly have Russell Westbrook back at point guard with Durant, and the All-Star guard is currently averaging almost a triple-double over the past six games with assist and rebound totals just under 10 per game. Not only that, but his team is averaging 19 points in transition over their past seven games, with Westbrook telling reporters:
"It gives us an opportunity push in the break. It gets us into our sets a lot quicker, it gives us an opportunity to play with a better pace, it gives me a better rhythm and it's good for our team."
Tonight’s game will likely be a severe mismatch as the Bulls have averaged just 80.3 points in their last three losses against the Thunder. The Bulls have a dismal 3-10 road record, and have been struggling to find answers in games that many fans believe they should win easily with the talent they have. Chicago enters this game on a three-game losing streak, with point guard Kirk Hinrich, who is day-to-day, telling the media:
"We're losing, so mentally it's tough. When you lose, it's not fun but we have to keep battling. The games keep coming and nobody feels sorry for us and we can't feel sorry for ourselves."
As one might expect, odds makers have Oklahoma City as tonight’s favorites. The Thunder opened as 10 1/2 point favorites against the Bulls with a money line priced at -1500. As of this report, the Thunder are as high as 13 1/2 point favorites, with the money line anywhere from -1250 to -1400 for OKC, and ranging from +900 to +1025 for the Bulls. The over/under for this game is set at 192 points at various sports books, according to Odds Shark.
Thursday night's Bulls vs. Thunder game has a scheduled start time of 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Viewers can see this game on cable or satellite TV through TNT in standard and hi-definition. In addition, this game will be live streaming online. To see the online coverage, fans need to go to the TNT Overtime website starting at 8 p.m. EST, where there will be four different camera feeds including first quarter video feeds focused on an individual player from each team as voted on by fans.