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Game Day #21: Thunder at Mavericks

Oklahoma City Thunder (16-4, 8-3 road) at Dallas Mavericks (14-8, 9-3 home)

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Where: American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
When
: 7:00 p.m. CST
TV
:  ESPN (206 Directv, 28 Cox, 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish)
Online StreamHere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
Projected Lineups:

Thunder:
Mavericks:

Last time OKC and Dallas met, OKC was 5-0 and the Mavericks were an abysmal 1-4. Since then, the Mavericks have been tearing it up. Includding a 122-99 win over the Phoenix Suns. Dallas is 13-4 since then, OKC is 11-4. Mavs are on a three game winning streak, while Oklahoma City saw their winning streak end.

The Mavericks are a different team. They don’t look so young at times. They’re shooting the three better and playing really good defense. Dallas ranks fourth in defensive field goal percentage. Something the Mavericks lacked last season.

Oklahoma City is coming off a bit of an embarrassing loss to the Clippers. Being down as much as 22 points in a game that was close until the final minute of the first half, they’ll look to gain some momentum back on this road trip.

Looks like Thabo Sefolosha will miss his second straight game tonight for the Thunder.

keys to the game

Turnovers
OKC ranks 28th in turnovers. This is giving opponents extra chances! Against a team like Oklahoma City. OKC much corral this if they want to be able to leave Dallas with a victory.

Assists
This is one of those categories I should leave up here, just like rebounding. However, it blows my mind how many times the Thunder are just creating their own shot, not passing the ball. More passes tend to lead to more buckets. Look at the teams that lead the league in assists. Outside of Golden State, every team would be a serious contender.

Stop Shawn Marion
This sounds weird, I know. However, Marion KILLS Oklahoma City! He’s averaging 14.7 points per game in a win over OKC since 2008-2009, and just 8.8 in a loss. He has six games where he has scored over 15 points against the Thunder. Oklahoma City makes this kid look like an All-Star.

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