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Thunder Game Day #63: at Dallas Mavericks

Oklahoma City Thunder (35-27, 12-19 away) vs. Dallas Mavericks (25-36, 17-14 home)
Sunday, March 5 :: 7:30 p.m. CST :: American Airlines Center (19,200)

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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 1-point underdog. O/U is 204.
Notes: Thunder: here | Mavericks: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Russell Westbrook and Co. look to right the ship as they’ve dropped two in a row.
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder haven’t won a road game since Jan. 25 when they beat NOLA. Oklahoma City has dropped six straight road contests.
  • Oklahoma City is 1-0 vs. the Mavericks this season.
  • Dallas beat the Grizzlies on Friday night 104-100.
  • Both teams are only 5-5 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).

LOSS TO THE SUNS HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Thunder responded to a 14-point Suns’ second-half lead and only trailed by four following a three-pointer from Alex Abrines with 11.7 seconds left, however the Suns made free throws to ice the game.
  • Abrines started his fifth consecutive game, scoring 13 points in 33 minutes.
  • Russell Westbrook commanded the game in the second half and finished just shy of a triple-double – 48 points, 17 rebounds and nine assists.
  • Domantas Sabonis turned in his 11th double-digit scoring game of the season with 11 points.
  • Oklahoma City won the rebounding battle with 47 to Phoenix’s 45

SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS

  • The Dallas Mavericks are 25-36 on the season, 12th in the Western Conference.
  • The Mavericks are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City is 18-12 all-time vs. Dallas in the Oklahoma City era.
  • When the Thunder travel to Dallas, they are 7-7.
  • Oklahoma City has won the last two at American Airlines Center.
  • The Thunder are 1-0 vs. Dallas, with a 109-98 win on Jan. 26. Westbrook had 45 points.
  • Dallas beat Memphis 104-100 on Friday night.
  • J.J. Barea (calf) is out.
  • Wesley matthews (hip) is a game-time decision.
  • 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 67 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 20 of the 67 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

  • Victor Oladipo (back) is a out. He did not travel for the road trip.

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

  • Oklahoma City is back home, hosting the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, March 7.
  • The Trail Blazers are 25-35 on the season, ninth in the Western Conference.
  • Portland is 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • The Trail Blazers .. to Brooklyn on Saturday night.
  • Portland plays Minnesota in the first game of a back-to-back on Monday 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.

End strong

We’ve seen the Thunder play really strong fourth quarters. Oklahoma City has the most fourth quarter comebacks (9). 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 and Memphis 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.

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