The best series to watch. I will not miss a game. The games will be filled with high scoring and physical confrontations. The Nuggets are the worst matchup for anyone because they have played at a top level since the trade of Carmelo. George Karl is a playoff coach and he will have his team ready to face the talented Thunder.

Oklahoma City is extremely talented and well-coached and I believe they will be ready for the physical shenanigans of Kenyon Martin and Nenê.

Kevin Durant, in my estimation, is ready to have a tremendous playoff run and the Nuggets really do not have anyone to deal with him. I also believe Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton will struggle against the intensely physical Russell Westbrook.

Denver will have a few great shooting games, but the lack of a post presence will be magnified. Expect Serge Ibaka to be huge all series long.

High-scoring games deluxe with great three-point shooting will culminate into a Wild West shootout!

KEYS

The Thunder will win if...

- Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka are dominant defensively in the paint.

- James Harden has great production off the bench.

- Kevin Durant lives at the foul line.

The Nuggets will win if...

- Their perimeter game matches the Thunder's one.

- Nenê, Kenyon Martin and Danilo Gallinari outplays Perkin, Ibaka and Nick Collison.

- Keep Westbrook out of the paint.

PREDICTION

Great series. Oklahoma City 4, Denver 2.

REST OF SERIES: CHI - IND / MIA - PHIBOS - NYK / ORL - ATL / SAS - MEM / LAL - NOH / DAL - POR

SCHEDULE: April 17, April 20, April 23, April 25, April 27, April 29 and May 1 / Oklahoma City won the regular season series 3-1.

4. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

5. DENVER NUGGETS

45

Cole Aldrich

C

Data

G

Arron Afflalo

6

4

Nick Collison

F-C

F-C

Chris Andersen

11

14

Daequan Cook

G

104.8

Points scored

107.5

F

Wilson Chandler

21

35

Kevin Durant

F

101.3

Points allowed

102.7

C-F

Melvin Ely

34

13

James Harden

G

46.4

Field Goal %

47.6

G

Raymond Felton

20

9

Serge Ibaka

F-C

34.7

3 pt. FG %

38.8

F

Gary Forbes

0

7

Royal Ivey

G

82.3

Free Throw %

76.5

F

Danilo Gallinari

8

6

Eric Maynor

G

42.8

Rebounds

42.0

F

Al Harrington

7

8

Nazr Mohammed

C

20.4

Assists

22.1

G

Ty Lawson

3

5

Kendrick Perkins

C

5.9

Blocks

4.3

F

Kenyon Martin

4

3

Nate Robinson

G

8.0

Steals

7.4

C

Timofey Mozgov

25

2

Thabo Sefolosha

G

14.1

Turnovers

14.1

C

Nenê

31

0

Russell Westbrook

G

208

Accumulated playoff games

263

G

JR Smith

5

TEAM LEADERS

Kevin Durant

27.7

Points

14.7

Danilo Gallinari

Kendrick Perkins

7.9

Rebounds

7.6

Nenê

Russell Westbrook

8.2

Assists

6.5

Raymond Felton

Serge Ibaka

2.4

Blocks

1.3

Chris Andersen

Russell Westbrook

1.9

Steals

1.3

Raymond Felton