Oklahoma City Thunder (10-8, 3-4 away) vs. New York Knicks (8-8, 7-2 home)
Monday, Nov. 28 :: 6:30 p.m. CST :: Madison Square Garden (18,200)
TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 1-point underdog. O/U is 213.
Notes: Thunder: here | Knicks: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- Winners of two in a row, the Oklahoma City Thunder head to the empire state, hoping to find a trifecta.
- Russell Westbrook has owned the New York Knicks lately. He’s averaged 26.1 points (a career high vs. anyone team), 7.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 14 career games.
- Oklahoma City is 3-1 in their last four games at MSG.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
- You can catch the radio on Oklahoma City’s WWLS, 98.1 FM. Matt Pinto will be your play-by-play voice. If you’re in Tulsa, catch it on 1450 AM.
- Brian Davis and Michael Cage call the game on the Thunder’s flagship station, Fox Sports Oklahoma. You can watch the game there, catch it on NBA League Pass, or use the Fox Sports App (If you’re in Oklahoma).
- Cameron Payne will miss six weeks with a foot fracture. Payne is expected back by Dec. 1.
Peake is the best
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has always taken pride in defending its home court.
- Oklahoma City finished the 2015- 16 season with a home record of 32-9, tied for fourth best home record in the NBA.
- The Thunder went an impressive 23-3 at Chesapeake Energy Arena that season when facing Western Conference opponents.
- Dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season, OKC has gone 213-67 (.760) at home, second best home record in the NBA during this span.
50 is nifty
- On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
- Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
- Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.
Still good odds
- According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the seventh best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
- They have the fourth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, and the Warriors.
Scouting the Knicks
- Detroit is 8-8 on the season, eighth in the Eastern Conference.
- The Thunder is 10-5 versus the Knicks during the Oklahoma City era.
- Oklahoma City is 4-3 on the road against the Knicks
- New York lost to Charlotte 107-102 on Saturday night.
- The Thunder are 3-1 in MSG in the last four games.
- Lance thomas (ankle) is a game-time decision.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over New York came on Dec. 25, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 123-94 (29-point margin of victory).
- Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (14 points) vs. the Knicks occurred during a 98-112 loss on Dec. 22, 2010.
Keys to the Game
Defend the three
Oklahoma City has struggled to defend the three over their losing streak and over the long list of the nine bad games, the Thunder are allowing a horrible 41.8 percent from three, worst in the association. In their two-game winning streak, they’re allowing 24.5 percent, best in the association. That’s pretty simple, Oklahoma City will need to defend better if they want to win.
The Knicks are one of the best rebounding teams in the association. So, it’s imperative that Oklahoma City finds a way to block out and limit the Knicks on the glass. New York is sixth in second chance points, with 14.6 points per game. Oklahoma City is giving up 13.1 second chance points per game. One has to give.
Hey Bench, show up
If the bench shows up, Oklahoma City runs away with this game. However, they’re non-existent at times, especially defensively. They have to find a way to defend, the Thunder are going to find a victory. The Thunder’s bench averages 34.2 points per game, 14th. They’re giving up 35.2 points on the bench, which is ninth. Oklahoma City has to defend better.Looking for Oklahoma City Thunder tickets? Thunder Digest has you covered at Totallytickets.com! We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!