Oklahoma City Thunder (40-29, 26-9 home) vs. Golden State Warriors (55-14, 26-10 away)
Monday, March 20 :: 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 2-point underdog. O/U is 221
Notes: Thunder: here | Warriors: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- Oklahoma City is in the middle of their second biggest win streak of the season as they welcome in the hated Golden State Warriors to Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight.
- Tonight’s game is the fourth time Oklahoma City-Golden State match up will be on national TV. Tonight, it’s exclusively on TNT.
- The Golden State Warriors, despite their league best record have won three straight and are only 5-5 in their last 10 games.
- Oklahoma City is 0-3 vs. the Warriors this season, losing by an average of 21.0 points per game.
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).
WIN OVER THE KINGS HIGHLIGHTS
- The Thunder rolled to its fifth straight win, holding the Kings to 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 23.8 percent from the three-point line. The win put Oklahoma City at a season-high 11 games over .500.
- Russell Westbrook tallied 28 points and 10 assists in the game as OKC moved to 32-9 on the season when Westbrook has 10 or more assists.
- Doug McDermott contributed 21 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
- Oklahoma City outrebounded Sacramento, 45-39, behind 13 rebounds from Steven Adams. Adams added 16 points for his 14th double-double of the season.
SCOUTING THE WARRIORS
- The Golden State Warriors are 55-14 on the season, best record in the NBA.
- The Warriors are 5-5 in their last 10 games.
- Golden State has won three in a row after dropping three in a row.
- The Warriors best the Bucks on Saturday night 117-92.
- Oklahoma City is 16-15 all-time against the Warriors in the Oklahoma City era.
- The Thunder are 11-4 all-time vs. the Warriors at home.
- Golden State has won six straight over the Thunder, including two in Oklahoma City.
- The Warriors have won the regular season series 3-0, by an average of 21 points per game.
- Kevin Durant (knee) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Golden State came on Feb. 17, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 110-87 (23-point margin of victory).
- The Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (26 points) happened twice with the most recent occurrence coming earlier this season on Nov. 3, 2016 (122-96 defeat).
RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS
- Russell Westbrook has 71 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
- 20 of the 71 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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- Oklahoma City is relatively 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 says hello to the 76ers on Wednesday night.
- Philadelphia is 26-43 on the year, 13th in the Eastern conference.
- The 76ers are 4-6 in their last 10 games
- Philadelphia has won two straight, including a spanking of the Mavs on Friday night.
- Oklahoma City beat Philadelphia 103-96 on Oct. 26.
- The Thunder have won 15 straight over the 76ers dating back to Nov. 2008.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Defend the three
The Warriors are what we know, they’re a sharpshooting, three-taking list of players. Even without Kevin Durant, the Warriors offense is efficient. When Curry and Thompson are on, the Thunder might not have a shot. They have to run shooters off the three-point line to have a shot tonight.
Make your free throws
Oklahoma City ranks 23rd in free throw shooting at 74.7 percent. The Thunder have to make their free throws. When they were winning games, Oklahoma City makes only 72 percent of their tries in January. Oklahoma City has done a better job this month to improve at the charity stripe.
Take care of the ball
The Warriors are first in the NBA in points off turnovers. They’ve had 35 games of 10 or more steals. The Thunder cannot let that happen tonight if they’re going to knock off the Warriors. Even with Durant out, Oklahoma City cannot rely on some careless ball. Take care of the ball. Force the Dubs to score the hard way.