Oklahoma City Thunder (7-7, 5-2 away) vs. San Antonio Spurs (9-6, 6-2 home)
Friday, Nov. 17 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: AT&T Center (18,581)
TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
TV: ESPN (DirectTV 206, Cox 29, HD 1300, Tulsa Cox HD 1025)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 1.5-point favorite. The over/under is 198.
Notes: Thunder: here | Spurs: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- Your Oklahoma City Thunder are heading to the San Antonio on a three-game winning streak on ESPN tonight.
- The Thunder started out 4-7 after a four-game losing streak. However, a three-game winning streak has put the Thunder back into the driving seat in the conference.
- San Antonio is coming off a 98-86 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday evening.
- Both teams sport a top-four defense in the NBA.
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).
- If you’re not in Oklahoma, you’ll be able to watch on ESPN tonight.
- You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for game updates.
SCOUTING THE Spurs
- The San Antonio Spurs are 9-6 on the season, fourth in the Western Conference.
- San Antonio is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
- The Spurs lost to the T-Wolves 98-86 on Wednesday night.
- In their all-time series against Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 73-90 against San Antonio.
- Since the relocation, Oklahoma City is 14-18.
- When games played in the AT&T Center in the regular season, Oklahoma City is 5-10 and have lost four in a row.
- Last season the Spurs beat the Thunder 2-1 in their regular season series.
- Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) is out.
- Tony Parker (quadriceps) is out.
- Derrick White (write) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over San Antonio came on Dec. 17, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 107-93 (14-point margin of victory). Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (39 points) vs. the Spurs occurred during a 91-130 loss on March 25, 2015
- The Oklahoma City Thunder added a bunch of new faces this year.
- Paul George was acquired on June 30 for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
- Carmelo Anthony joins the Thunder after Oklahoma City sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick to the Knicks for Anthony.
- Oklahoma City also signed Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson via free agency.
- Terrance Ferguson was drafted in the first round out of Australia.
- Oklahoma City also added PJ Dozier, undrafted rookie out of South Carolina to a two-way deal.
- The trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony combined for 5,992 total points last season, which is the most by any other set of three teammates in the league this year. They are followed by Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler (5,810 combined points) and Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James and Derrick Rose (5,307 combined points).
Anthony moving up the ranks
- Carmelo Anthony currently ranks 24th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (24,417 points) and fourth among active players behind Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James and Vince Carter.
- Anthony is also one of six players in league history alongside Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce to record 24,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, 2,500 assists, 1,000 steals and 1,000 three-point field goals.
Turnover a New Leaf
- Through the first ten games of the season, Oklahoma City leads the league in both steals per game (10.60) and opponent turnovers per game (19.0).
- The Thunder has yet to finish within the Top 5 in the NBA in these categories since they moved to Oklahoma City as their previous season bests were 8.28 steals per game in 2012-13 and 15.2 opponent turnovers per game in 2013-14.
- Additionally, the Thunder tops the NBA leaderboard for deflections per game (19.2) and forced turnovers on 19.6% of opponent possessions, which tops the league.
- Paul George ranks first in the league in deflections per game (4.8) and in steals per game (2.40)
- Steven Adams currently ranks second in the league in field goal percentage (.676, 48-71 FG).
- On Oct. 27 at Minnesota, Adams went 8-for-8 through the third quarter, which is his personal best start from the field.
- As a point of reference, the Thunder record from the floor is held by Serge Ibaka when he went 12-for-12 on 1/31/14.
- He has scored in double figures in six of the first seven games and led the team in rebounding four times while posting four double-doubles.
- Oklahoma City is relatively healthy at this point.
Still good odds
- According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the sixth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
- They have the fourth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.
- Oklahoma City then goes to the Pelicans on Monday, Nov. 20.
- Then, the Thunder host the Warriors on Nov. 22.
Three Keys to the Game
Oklahoma City is 1-6 when the Thunder allow more than 100 points. On the flip, San Antonio is 7-0 when they score at least 100 points. So, if the Thunder can keep the Spurs under 100 points, this might be a sure fire win tonight. If this gets into the 100s, this game is going to be a questionable one.
Control fast break
The Spurs want to get out on the break. They’re only 2-6 when they lose the break. Oklahoma City on the other hand is 5-6, so for the Thunder it doesn’t really matter. However, for the Spurs, it’s a big deal. Limit what the Spurs do and you’ll probably win our first key, too.
Get to the line
Oklahoma City has done a good job getting to the line during their last two wins. Oklahoma City is 3-0 when they attempted more than 30 free throw attempts and are 5-2 when they attempt more free throws than their opponent. Maybe that’s something they can do tonight.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!