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Thunder Game Day #20: vs. Washington Wizards

Thunder Game Day #20: vs. Washington Wizards

Oklahoma City Thunder (11-8, 7-4 home) vs. Washington Wizards (6-10, 1-5 away)
Monday, Nov. 30 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

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TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 676-5, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27, U-Verse 751/1751 HD)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 6-point favorite. O/U is 212½.
Notes: Thunder: here | Wizards: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Winners of three in a row, the Thunder welcome home Scott Brooks, the now head coach of the Washington Wizards.
  • Oklahoma City has won three games by 10 points per game.
  • Russell Westbrook is now averaging a triple-double on the season.

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).

Injury Report

  • 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 Wizards

  • Detroit is 6-10 on the season, 12th in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Thunder is 12-4 versus the Wizards during the Oklahoma City era.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-0 all-time against the Wizards at the ‘Peake.
  • Washington has won three of four games, including a 101-95 win over the Kings on Monday night.
  • The Thunder have won four straight against the Wizards and five of six.
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) is a game-time decision.
  •  The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Washington came on March 14, 2011 where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 116-89 (27-point margin of victory).
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (15 points) vs. Wizards occurred during an 81-96 loss on Feb. 1, 2014.

Keys to the Game

Start quickly

The Wizards have been playing well lately and Oklahoma City needs to jump out on the Wizards and squash any momentum they may have. Washington’s first quarter is their only positive quarter in terms of scoring, so the Thunder have to take it from the Wizards.

Limit Wizard’s FT attempts

Washington gets to the free throw line sparingly. They rank 23rd in attempts, 21.6 attempts per game. The Thunder can’t let the Wizards get to the line a lot tonight. It could create free opportunities for the Wizards to either increase their lead or cut into the Thunder’s lead.

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 34.9 points per game, 13th. They’re giving up 33.8 points on the bench, which is 12th. Oklahoma City has to defend better.

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