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Thunder Game Day #49: at San Antonio Spurs

Oklahoma City Thunder (28-20, 12-14 away) vs. San Antonio Spurs (36-11, 16-6 home)
Tuesday, Jan. 31 :: 7:30 p.m. CST :: AT&T Center (18,581)

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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 9-point underdog. O/U is 210
Notes: Thunder: here | Spurs: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Russell Westbrook grabbed a triple-double but it wasn’t enough as the Thunder fell 107-91 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon.
  • San Antonio has lost two in a row for the first time this season and are struggling since the loss of Pau Gasol to injury.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 vs. San Antonio in their last 10 games.

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).

SCOUTING THE SPURS

  • The San Antonio Spurs are 36-11 on the season, second in the Western Conference.
  • San Antonio is 6-4 in their last 10 games.
  • The Spurs lost to Dallas 105-101 on Sunday night.
  • The Thunder is 13-16 versus the Spurs during the Oklahoma City era.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-9 at San Antonio all-time.
  • The Thunder are 7-3 in their last 10 against San Antonio.
  • Jonathan Simmons (wrist) is a game-time decision.
  • Pau Gasol (finger) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over San Antonio came on Dec. 17, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 107-93 (14-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (39 points) vs. San Antonio occurred during a 91-130 loss on March 25, 2015

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 61 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 20 of the 61 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, 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 in triple-doubles.

ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST

Rank Name Triple-doubles
1 Oscar Robertson 181
2 Magic Johnson 138
3 Jason Kidd 108
4 Russell Westbrook 79

INJURY REPORT

  • Enes Kanter is out until at least March 8.

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.

NEXT UP

  • The Thunder hosts the Bulls tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.
  • Chicago is 24-25 on the season, seventh in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Bulls are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City beat the Bulls 109-94 on Jan. 9, 2017.
  • The Chicago Bulls defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 121-108 on Sunday night.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Force turnovers

The Spurs only turn it over 12.9 times per game, seventh best. They’re only allowing 14.4 points off turnovers per game, sixth lowest. Oklahoma City has to find a way to force turnovers and get out on transition. That’s when Oklahoma City is their best.

Bench scoring

With no Enes Kanter, the Thunder have to find other bench productions. They were abysmal on Sunday against Cleveland, scoring only 31 points on 35 shots. Oklahoma City has to do a lot better going forward. We’ll see how it goes tonight.

Pound the glass

Oklahoma City without Kanter will have to find a way to attack the glass and dominate. If the Spurs can find a way beat the Thunder on the glass, it could be a long evening for the Thunder. Spurs are one of the best at limiting second chance points. However, if they can find a way to make up for Kanter’s absence, could be a surprising upset.

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