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Thunder Game Day #78: at Memphis Grizzlies

Oklahoma City Thunder (44-33, 16-21 away) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (42-36, 23-14 home)
Wednesday, April 5 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: FedexForum (18,119)

Thunder Game Day #78: at Memphis Grizzliesvs. Thunder Digest

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 4-point favorite. O/U is 211
Notes: Thunder: here | Bucks: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • With triple-double No. 41 out of the way, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook look to lock up the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Oklahoma City is 2-1 vs. the Grizzlies this season, winning both games in Bricktown.
  • Both squads played last night, so both will be on the second night of a back-to-back.
  • The Thunder are 2½ games better than the Grizzlies.

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 BUCKS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Recap
  • The game was contested in the first quarter with three ties and two lead changes but Oklahoma City took control in the second quarter, going up 24 points at halftime before cruising to the largest win of the season for OKC.
  • Russell Westbrook recorded his 41st triple-double of the season, tying him with Oscar Robertson for most in an NBA season. It was his seventh consecutive triple-double, his second-such streak this season.
  • Alex Abrines scored 12 points off the bench on 4-6 shooting from the three-point line.
  • Semaj Christon tallied 10 points and a career-high seven rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.

SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES

  • The Memphis Grizzlies are 42-36 on the season, seventh in the Western Conference.
  • The Grizzlies are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • Memphis lost to the San Antonio Spurs in overtime last night 95-89.
  • The Thunder is 18-14 versus the Grizzlies during the Oklahoma City era.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-9 all-time in Memphis, including losers in five of their last six.
  • The Thunder beat Memphis 114-102 on Feb. 3
  • Oklahoma City is 2-1 in the regular season vs. Memphis.
  • The Grizzlies beat Oklahoma City 114-80 on Dec. 29.
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) is out for the season.
  • Tony Allen (eye) is a game-time decision.
  • Mike Conley (eye) is a game-time decision
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Memphis came on Dec. 8, 2015, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 125-88 (37-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (34 points) vs. Memphis occurred during a 80-114 loss on Dec. 19, 2016.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 78 career triple-doubles, that’s tied for fourth all-time.
  • 23 of the 78 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Westbrook has seven 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 fourth 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

  • 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 Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
  • The Suns are 22-56 on the season, last in the Western Conference.
  • Phoenix has lost 12 straight and are 0-10 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City is 2-1 vs. Phoenix this season.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Turnovers

Oklahoma City’s turnovers were their achille’s heel against Charlotte. Oklahoma City has to take care of it tonight if they’re going to take down the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. If they turn it over, they’ll lose by a sizable margin tonight.

Fast break

The Hornets were able to limit the Thunder’s fast break ability by not turning it over. The Grizzlies takes care of the on average through the league. In their loss to the Grizzlies, Oklahoma City couldn’t force many turnovers and it was their downfall.

Bench production

Oklahoma City’s bench has been very inconsistent this year and lately it has been so bad. If Enes Kanter and Alex Abrines can find their shot and rhythm again, the Thunder can find the W again.

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