Oklahoma City Thunder (7-9, 5-2 home) vs. Golden State Warriors (13-4, 7-2 away)

Wednesday, Nov. 22 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

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 Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 5-point underdog. The over/under is 221.
Notes: Thunder: here | Warriors: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City thunder welcome the hated Golden State Warriors into Chesapeake Energy Arena for a showdown with one of the best teams in the Western Conference and one who’s still struggling, 20 percent into the season.
  • Oklahoma City blew another double-digit lead in their loss to New Orleans on Monday night, moving it to six times in nine losses the Thunder have blown a double digit lead and lost.
  • The Golden State Warriors are finding their groove. After starting 1-2, they’ve gone 12-2 in their last 15 games. They’re 9-1 in their last 10 games.
  • Last season, the Warriors swept the Thunder 4-0. While none of the games were competitive score-wise, they were competitive as they were definitely must see TV.

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).
  • Tonight’s game will be on ESPN for those not in the Oklahoma City market.
  • You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for game updates.

SCOUTING THE Warriors

  • The Golden State Warriors are 13-4 on the season, second in the Western Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Warriors are 9-1.
  • Golden State started the season down 1-2 but have powered back with a 12-2 record in their last 15 games.
  • In their all-time series against the Warriors, Oklahoma City is 135-108.
  • Since relocation to Bricktown, the Thunder and Warriors are tied 16-all.
  • Oklahoma City has not beaten the Warriors since Jan. 16, 2015.
  • The Thunder have lost seven in a row to Golden State.
  • In their last game, the Warriors beat the Nets 118-111 on Sunday, Nov. 19.
  • Injury Report:
    Chris Boucher (knee) is out.
    Kevin Durant (ankle) is a game-time decision.
  • 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).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (26 points) happened twice with the most recent occurrence coming earlier this season on Nov. 3, 2016 (92-122 defeat).

NEW FACES

  • 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.

OK3

  • 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 (24,456 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)

Adamsant Scorer

  • 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.

Injury Report

  • Oklahoma City is relatively healthy for tonight’s game.

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.

Next Up

  • The Thunder hosts Reggie Jackson and the Detroit Pistons on Friday evening at 7 p.m.
  • Then, on Sunday night, Oklahoma City travels to Dallas for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against the Mavericks.
  • Oklahoma City wraps up the month by going to Orlando on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Three Keys to the Game

Rebound

Oklahoma City has struggled rebounding this season. In a game against a team like the Warriors limiting them to one shot is key. Also, grabbing second chance opportunities may be a key in stealing a victory. If the Warriors can out rebound the Thunder, it’ll be because they dominated the offensive boards. The Thunder have to step up and rebound. Also: Oklahoma City is 4-0 when they out rebound their opponent.

Share the ball

The Warriors are the league’s highest scoring team and it’s really not that close. Luckily, Oklahoma City is one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. We’ll see how much that matters tonight. Oklahoma City is 1-7 when allowing over 100 points this season. The Thunder are 3-0 when they allow less than 90 points.

Get to the line

Oklahoma City has done a good job getting to the line during their last two wins. However, they have yet to hit 30 free throw attempts. The Thunder are 4-2 when they attempt more free throws than their opponent. Maybe that’s something they can do tonight.

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