Oklahoma City Thunder (8-9, 6-2 home) vs. Detroit Pistons (11-6, 4-4 away)
Friday, Nov. 24 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
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 8-point favorite. The over/under is 202½.
Notes: Thunder: here | Pistons: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Oklahoma City Thunder welcome Reggie Jackson and the Detroit Pistons into Chesapeake Energy Arena after that thrilling blowout on Wednesday night.
- Oklahoma City is 8-1 all-time against Detroit at the Peake. The lone loss came in 2014-15 season when Detroit beat the Thunder in overtime without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
- The Detroit Pistons come into tonight’s game, surprisingly second int he Eastern Conference. Detroit has thrived at home, going 7-2.
- Oklahoma City is 3-3 vs. Detroit in their last six 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).
- 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 Pistons
- The Detroit Pistons are 11-6 on the season, second in the Eastern Conference.
- In their last 10 games, the Pistons are only 6-4.
- In their previous game, Detroit lost to 116-88 on Monday night.
- Last season, Oklahoma City and Detroit split their regular season series, both winning at home.
- In their all-time series against the Pistons, Oklahoma City is 68-65.
- Since relocation happened, the Thunder are 13-4 against Detroit.
- Oklahoma City at the Peake is 8-1 all-time. The lone loss came in 2014-15 season when Detroit beat the Thunder in overtime without Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
- This is Reggie Jackson’s second return to the Peake since being traded. He went 4-of-16 shooting last time he was here.
- Injury Report:
John Leuer (ankle) is a game-time decision.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Detroit came on Jan. 23, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 99-79 (20-point margin of victory). Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (16 points) vs. Detroit occurred during a 88-104 loss on Nov. 14, 2016.
- 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 (24,478 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 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.
- 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.
- The Thunder will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 1.
Three Keys to the Game
Oklahoma City’s rebounding is more imperative than ever. They’re 5-0 when they out rebound their opponents. That’s something Oklahoma City is going to need to do again. When you look at Detroit, they’re just as successful when out rebounding their opponent. Detroit is 7-1 when they do. So, Oklahoma City has to win this battle tonight.
Less is more
Detroit is nearly unbeatable when they score at least 100 points. They’re 10-2 when they do and only 1-4 when they don’t. Oklahoma City is 1-7 when they give up 100 points. The Thunder need to find a way to hold this Pistons team that’s averaging 104 points to under 100 points.
Get to the line
Oklahoma City has done a good job getting to the line during their last two wins. The Thunder are 5-2 when they attempt more free throws than their opponent. Maybe that’s something they can do tonight. Since November started, the Thunder have gotten to the line a lot more. They’re averaging five more attempts per game than in October.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!