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Thunder Game Day #56: at Washington Wizards

Oklahoma City Thunder (31-24, 12-16 away) vs. Washington Wizards (32-21, 23-7 home)
Monday, Feb. 13 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Verizon Center (20,290)

Thunder Game Day #56: at Washington Wizardsvs. Thunder Digest

TV: TNT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 730 HD 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 Dish)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 5-point underdog. O/U is 217
Notes: Thunder: here | Wizards: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Oklahoma City travels to the nation’s capital to get on the right side of the tracks after their set back on Saturday.
  • The Thunder are only 12-16 away from the Peake and have lost three in a row. They haven’t won on the road since Jan. 25, a 114-105 win over New Orleans.
  • Washington comes into tonight’s game one of the league’s hottest teams. They’re 9-1 in their last 10 games, but they’ve won nine of their last 10 games at the Verizon Center.
  • Oklahoma City won the first meeting 126-115 in overtime back on Nov. 30.
  • Russell Westbrook has four career triple-doubles against Washington.

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.

LOSS TO THE WARRIORS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Oklahoma City led by as many as seven in the first quarter, but the Warriors went on a 23-8 run as they outscored the Thunder by 17 in the second quarter.
  • Russell Westbrook scored 47 points, including 26 in the second half as the Thunder attempted to close the gap.
  • Victor Oladipo recorded his 12th game with 20+ points, tallying 20 points, four rebounds and four assists
  • Andre Roberson added six points and 11 rebounds, his fifth time recording 10+ rebounds, in 34 minutes.
  • Oklahoma City had the edge in the paint, scoring 52 points to Golden State’s 50.

Scouting the Wizards

  • The Washington Wizards are 32-21 on the season, third in the Eastern Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Wizards are 9-1.
  • The Thunder is 13-4 versus the Wizards during the Oklahoma City era.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-4 in D.C. all-time. They’ve won two in a row here.
  • Washington hasn’t beat the Thunder at home since Feb. 2014.
  • In their previous meeting, Oklahoma City beat the Wizards 126-115 in overtime.
  • Washington beat Indiana 112-107 on Friday night.
  • Washington is relatively healthy.
  • 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.

Russell Westbrook trip-dubs

  • Russell Westbrook has 63 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 20 of the 63 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

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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 head home to take on the wild Knicks on Wednesday.
  • The Knicks are 23-33 on the season, 12th in the Eastern Conference.
  • New York is 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City beat New York 112-103 on Nov. 28.
  • Before playing OKC, the Knicks beat the Spurs 94-90 on Sunday afternoon.

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 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 27rd in attempts, 21.1 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 with the loss of Kanter. They have to find a way to defend, the Thunder are going to find a victory. They’re giving up 33.8 points on the bench, which is 12th. Oklahoma City has to defend better.

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