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Thunder Game Day #76: vs. Charlotte Hornets

Oklahoma City Thunder (43-32, 27-11 home) vs. Charlotte Hornets (35-41, 13-24 away)
Sunday, April 2 :: 2:00 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 6-point favorite. O/U is 214½
Notes: Thunder: here | Hornets: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to fix the wrongs that happened on Friday night with a chance against the Charlotte Hornets.
  • The Thunder look to win their ninth straight home game against the Hornets. They have never lost to Charlotte since the relocation to Oklahoma City.
  • Charlotte is 6-2 in their last eight games, with wins against Toronto, Atlanta and Washington.
  • Oklahoma City is 4-2 in matinee 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).

SCOUTING THE HORNETS

  • The Charlotte Hornets are 35-41 on the season, 10th in the Eastern Conference
  • The Spurs are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
  • Charlotte beat the Denver Nuggets 122-114 on Friday night.
  • The Hornets beat the Thunder 123-112 on Jan. 4.
  • Oklahoma City is 13-3 all-time vs. Charlotte in the Oklahoma City era.
  • The Thunder have won 11 of their last 12 against the Hornets.
  • Oklahoma City is undefeated (8-0) all-time at home against Charlotte.
  • Johnny O’Bryant (ankle) is a game-time decision.
  • Brian Roberts (personal) is a game-time decision.
  • Ramon Sessions (knee) is a game-time decision.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Charlotte came on Nov. 26, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 114-69 (45-point margin of victory).
  • Oklahoma City’s largest margin of defeat (eight points) vs. Charlotte occurred during a 92-100 loss on March 17, 2010.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 76 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 23 of the 76 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Westbrook has five straight triple-doubles.
  • 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

  • Taj Gibson (illness) is probable for tonight.

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 Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.
  • The Bucks are 40-34 on the season, fourth in the East.
  • Milwaukee is 8-2 in their last 10 games.
  • The Bucks beat Oklahoma City 98-94 on Jan. 2.

KEYS TO THE GAME

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 Spurs 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. They’ve found a combination that works as they’re marching toward the playoffs.

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