Oklahoma City Thunder (29-22, 17-7 home) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (22-29, 8-18 away)
Sunday, Feb. 5 :: 2:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
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 4-point favorite. O/U is 207½
Notes: Thunder: here | Blazers: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- Oklahoma City needed a fantastic performance from Russell Westbrook to beat the Grizzlies, but it happened. Oklahoma City ended a three game losing streak with that win.
- Portland comes in off a demoralizing loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
- Portland beat the pants off the Thunder the first go around 114-95 on Dec. 13.
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).
TRAIL BLAZERS FACTS
- On February 6, 1970 the NBA granted Portland – along with Buffalo and Cleveland expansion teams.
- Of the more than 10,000 entries, Pioneers was the most popular, but was ruled out because nearby Lewis & Clark College was already using the nickname.
- Another popular entry was Trail Blazers, whose logo is supposed to represent five players on one team playing against five players from another team.
- From 1977 through 1995, the team sold out 814 consecutive home games, the longest such streak in American major professional sports at the time, and only since surpassed by the Boston Red Sox, who sold out 820 games.
- In comparison, Oklahoma City is on a 271-game sell out streak.
SCOUTING THE TRAIL BLAZERS
- The Portland Trail Blazers are 22-29 on the season, ninth in the Western Conference.
- The Thunder is 17-16 versus the Trail Blazers during the Oklahoma City era.
- Oklahoma City is 10-6 all-time vs. Portland at the Peake.
- The Thunder have dropped three of the last four to Portland.
- All though, Oklahoma City has won the last three in Oklahoma City.
- Portland is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
- The Trail Blazers beat Oklahoma City 114-95 on Dec. 13.
- Festus Ezeli (knee) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Portland came on March 24, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 103-83 (20-point margin of victory).
- The Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (35 points) vs. Portland occurred during a 72- 107 loss on April 3, 2009.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS
- Russell Westbrook has 62 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 has at least two triple-doubles against 21 teams (out of 29).
- Westbrook is fifth all-time in triple-doubles.
ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST
- Enes Kanter is out until at least March 8.
- Alex Abrines (back) is a game-time decision.
MORE ON RUSS
- Dating back to the start of last season, Oklahoma City has gone a remarkable 37-6 when Westbrook records a triple-double.
- After going a perfect 18-0 last season in Westbrook’s triple-double games, OKC is currently 19-6 this season when Westbrook accomplishes the feat.
- In Westbrook’s career, the Thunder owns a 52-10 record in his 62 career triple-doubles.
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 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 heads to Indianapolis to take on the Pacers on Monday.
- Indiana is sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 27-22 record.
- The Pacers beat the Thunder 115-111 in overtime on Nov. 20.
- Indiana is 7-3 in their last 10 games.
- Indiana .. to Detroit on Saturday night.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Play smart basketball
Take care of the ball and trust Donovan’s offense. Oklahoma City cannot get into a three-point shooting contest with the Trail Blazers. If they do, it could end poorly for the Thunder. Oklahoma City needs to play smart tonight if they’re going to eek out a win tonight.
We’ve seen the Thunder play really strong fourth quarters. There are as many teams with fourth quarter comebacks (8) as Oklahoma City has fourth quarter comebacks (8), league best. They have to close the other three quarters strong, too.
Capitalize on Blazer’s mistakes
The Blazers send their opponent to the line as many times as most teams in the league. Only Phoenix sends their opponents to the charity stripe more. If Oklahoma City gets to the line. They have to hit those free throws. They’re shooting 76.9 percent from the free throw line in their last five games. Oklahoma City has to hit those free throws.