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Thunder Game Day #71: vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Oklahoma City Thunder (40-30, 26-10 home) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (26-44, 9-25 away)
Wednesday, March 22 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

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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 11-point favorite. O/U is 218½
Notes: Thunder: here | 76ers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Oklahoma City has won five of their last six games as they welcome in the Philadelphia 76ers to Chesapeake Energy Arena.
  • The last time these two met, a fan was ejected and Oklahoma City overcame a double-digit deficit to knock off the Sixers.
  • Philadelphia had won back-to-back games before losing to the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
  • Oklahoma City is 14-15 following a loss this season.

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 WARRIORS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recap
  • Oklahoma City kept the game close in the first quarter, but was held to just 17 points in the second quarter and was unable to get the deficit down to single digits throughout the remainder of the contest.
  • Enes Kanter turned in his 16th double-double of the season, with 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
  • Semaj Christon tallied 10 points in 22 minutes off the bench, his third game in double figures this season.
  • Oklahoma City did most of its work in the paint, outscoring Golden State 58-40.

SCOUTING THE 76ERS

  • The Philadelphia 76ers are 26-44 on the season, 13th in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Sixers are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • Philadelphia lost to the Orlando Magic 112-109 on Monday night.
  • Oklahoma City beat the 76ers 103-97 on Oct. 28 to start the season.
  • The Thunder have won 15 straight games over the 76ers.
  • Oklahoma City is 15-1 all-time vs. the 76ers.
  • At the Peake, the Thunder are 7-0 all-time. Last time OKC lost at home: 2008 when they were in Seattle.
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) is out.
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) is a game-time decision.
  • Ben Simmons (foot) is out for the season.
  • Joel Embiid (knee) is out for the season.
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is out for the season.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Philadelphia came on March 4, 2014, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 125- 92 (33-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (25 points) vs. 76ers occurred during an 85-110 loss on Nov. 15, 2008.

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

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

WESTBROOK TRIPLE-DOUBLE CAREER LIST

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INJURY REPORT

  • 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.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City says hello to the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.
  • Houston is 49-22 on the season, third in the Western Conference.
  • The Rockets are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
  • Houston owns the regular season series so far 2-1.
  • Game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

KEYS TO THE GAME

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Hit the three

The Thunder are only hitting 30 percent of threes at home when they lose. They hit 36 percent from beyond the arc when they’re winning. It’s imperative the Thunder find the stroke and nail some threes tonight. If they go 4-of-21 again, this could be a bad night.

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 March. Oklahoma City has done a better job this month to improve at the charity stripe.

Take care of the ball

Giving the 76ers an opportunity to have a lot more chances than the Thunder is a part of the recipe for a loss. Oklahoma City had a lot of turnovers in their first meeting. Then again, that was Oklahoma City’s first game without Durant. They’ve found a combination that works as they’re marching toward the playoffs.

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