Oklahoma City Thunder (8-10, 2-7 away) vs. Dallas Mavericks (4-15, 2-9 away)
Saturday, Nov. 25 :: 7:30 p.m. CST :: American Airlines Center (20,000)
TV: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, 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: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 6-point favorite. The over/under is 203.5.
Notes: Thunder: here | Mavericks: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Golden State win is no more. Oklahoma City lost last night and are on the verge of causing real panic. So, the Thunder will travel to Dallas to play the Mavericks in hopes of righting the ship.
- Oklahoma City is off to their worst start since 2014-15 when they start the season 5-13.
- The Dallas Mavericks are off to a horrible start as well, it’s their worst start since starting the season 3-17 in 1996.
- Oklahoma City won the first meeting with Dallas on Nov. 12, a 112-99 decision.
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).
- You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for game updates.
SCOUTING THE Mavericks
- The Dallas Mavericks are 4-15, worst record in the Western Conference.
- Dallas beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
- In their last 10 games, the Mavericks are 3-7.
- In the all-time series, Oklahoma City leads Dallas 80-71.
- Since moving to Oklahoma City, the series is a Thunder 20-13 advantage.
- When playing at the American Airlines Center, the Thunder are only 8-8.
- Oklahoma City won the first meeting 112-99 on Nov. 12.
- Injury Report:
Josh McRoberts (lower body) is a game-time decision.
Seth Curry (lower leg) is out.
Dorian Finney-Smith (knee) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over the Mavericks came on Feb. 4, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 112-91 (21-point margin of victory).
- Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (23 points) vs. Dallas occurred during an 86-109 loss on March 16, 2014.
- 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 (24,498 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.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder are 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 wraps up the month by going to Orlando on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
- The Thunder will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 1.
Three Keys to the Game
The Thunder need to hit Lawler’s law. The Mavericks are a cool 0-11 when they allow 100 points. On the flip side of all of that, the Thunder are 7-4 when they get to the 100-point mark. If the Thunder shoot well and everyone gets their opportunities, the Thunder roll.
Share the ball
Like rebounding, sharing the ball can be key. Oklahoma City is a cool 5-2 when Russell Westbrook has 10 or more assists. If the MVP gets 10, you might as well chalk up a W tonight. Hopefully he doesn’t try to do it all tonight.
Big Three Do well
The Thunder’s big three haven’t performed well lately. Oklahoma City has to find a way to get all three on the same page. They were really bad in the second half vs. Detroit. Let’s see if they can to snowball into something good.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!