Oklahoma City Thunder (8-11, 2-8 away) vs. Orlando Magic (8-13, 4-4 home)

Wednesday, Nov. 29 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Amway Center (18,846)

Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27) | 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 212½.
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Notes: Thunder: here | Magic: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Things are melting down in Oklahoma City. What’s a good recipe for quelling a meltdown? The Orlando Magic. They welcome the Thunder to the Amway Center tonight.
  • The Orlando Magic are struggling much worse than the Thunder, despite what most may be thinking in Thunder town. The Magic have lost nine in a row.
  • Oklahoma City has lost four of the last five heading into tonight’s match up.

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).

SCOUTING THE Pistons

  • The Orlando Magic are 8-13 on the season, 12th in the Eastern Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Magic are an abysmal 1-9, worst in the NBA.
  • In their previous game, the Orlando Magic lost to the Indiana Pacers 121-109.
  • In their season series last year, the teams split their series. Each team won on the road.
  • In their all-time series, the Thunder lead the Magic 34-22.
  • Since moving to Bricktown, the Thunder lead the Magic 12-6.
  • When games are played in Orlando, the Thunder are 5-4. Oklahoma City owns a three-game winning streak in Orlando.
  • Injury Report:
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Orlando came on Nov. 8, 2009, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 102-74 (28-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (23 points) vs. Orlando occurred during an 88-111 loss on Feb. 25, 2011.

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.

Injury Report

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

Next Up

  • Oklahoma City begins 18 games over a stretch of 33 days leading up to New Year’s Eve against Dallas.
  • The Thunder host the Minnesota Timberwolves, who the Thunder have lost to twice this season, will be in Oklahoma City on Friday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
  • Oklahoma City hosts the Spurs on Sunday, Dec. 3. A 6 p.m. tip-off is scheduled.

Three Keys to the Game

Rebound

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.

Less is more

Oklahoma City is 1-7 when they give up 100 points. The Thunder are needing to keep the Magic under the 100-point mark. Oklahoma City allows 100 points, this game could be a toss up.

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.

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