Oklahoma City Thunder (27-19, 15-6 home) vs. Dallas Mavericks (29-16, 6-17 away)
Thursday, Jan. 26 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV: TNT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 730 HD 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 Dish)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 9½-point favorite. O/U is 197
Notes: Thunder: here | Mavericks: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Oklahoma City Thunder are winners of back-to-back games and are now getting to head home to the Peake for a single game.
- Oklahoma City hasn’t been at home since Jan. 11.
- The Thunder went 3-3 in their six-game road trip.
- The Dallas Mavericks are having a bad season, they’ll be without at least four players tonight.
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.
- Tonight’s broadcast is on TNT only.
SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS
- The Dallas Mavericks are 16-29 on the season, 13th in the Western Conference.
- Dallas is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
- This is the first meeting since the first round playoffs last season, Oklahoma City beat Dallas 4-1.
- The Thunder are 17-12 against the Mavericks during the Oklahoma City era.
- Oklahoma City is 10-5 at the Peake vs. Dallas.
- J.J. Barea (calf) is out.
- Wesley Matthews (hip) is out.
- Deron Williams (toe) is out.
- Dirk Nowitzki (rest) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over the Mavericks came on Feb. 4, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 112-91 (21-point margin of victory).
- Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (23 points) vs. Dallas occurred during an 86-109 loss on March 16, 2014.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS
- Russell Westbrook has 60 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
- 16 of the 60 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
- Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.
- Westbrook is fifth all-time
ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST
- Oklahoma City is healthy.
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 eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
- They have the fifth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.
- Oklahoma City will host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
- Cleveland is 30-14 on the season, first in the Eastern Conference.
- The Cavs are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
- This will be the first meeting between the two teams this season.
- Cleveland plays the Nets tomorrow night.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Scoring in transition and forcing turnovers usually go hand in hand. Oklahoma City will have their hands full as Dallas is second best at taking care of the ball. If the Thunder can force turnovers, get off to the races, this game may be a special one for them.
If you break down the scoring differences between quarters for the Thunder:
1st: +60 (7th in NBA)
2nd: -1 (12th)
3rd: -51 (23rd)
4th: +23 (11th)
It’s easy to see Oklahoma City has to really pick it up in the second and third quarters tonight. Do not give Dallas any chance of making this a game.
Don’t take Dallas for Granted
Dallas may be without for key players, but this is the NBA and if the Thunder were to lose this game, it would be a horrible loss. Teams often know how to step up with key players go down. The Thunder cannot afford to let this game slip into Maverick’s hands. They have to win this.