Oklahoma City Thunder (9-12, 7-3 home) vs. San Antonio Spurs (15-7, 5-5 away)

Sunday, Dec. 3 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

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 8-point favorite. The over/under is 197½.
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Spurs: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder finally ended their three-game losing streak with a close win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. They’ll look to turn it into back-to-back wins as they host the San Antonio Spurs tonight.
  • The San Antonio Spurs are on the opposite end of the spectrum than Oklahoma City. Despite their loss of players, they’re 15-7 on the year and third in the West. They’ve won four in a row.
  • Oklahoma City and San Antonio have met already this season. The Thunder did that thing where they go up 20 in the first half but struggled in the second half; Spurs win. You know the drill.

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 Spurs

  • The San Antonio Spurs are 15-7 on the season, third in the Western Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Spurs are 8-2. That’s the third best 10-game stretch in the NBA.
  • In their last game, the Spurs beat Grizzlies 95-79 on Friday night.
  • San Antonio has won four in a row and six of their last seven.
  • The Spurs lead the season series 1-0, with a 104-101 win on Nov. 17.
  • In the all-time series against San Antonio, the Thunder are 73-91.
  • Since relocation, Oklahoma City is 14-19 against San Antonio.
  • The Thunder are 7-3 in their last 10 games at home against the Spurs.
  • Injury Report:
    LaMarcus Aldridge (rest) is out.
    Rudy Gay (heel) is out.
    Tony Parker (rest) is out.
    Derrick White (write) is a game-time decision.
    Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps) 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. San Antonio occurred during a 91-130 loss on March 25, 2015.

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 closes out a three-game home stand with the Utah Jazz and Donovan Mitchell on Tuesday night.
  • The Thunder then go to Mexico City to play the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 9, Oklahoma City goes to Memphis to play the Grizzlies.

Three Keys to the Game

Rebound

Oklahoma City’s rebounding is more imperative than ever. Oklahoma City is a desperate 2-10 when they’re out rebounded by the opponent. When you look at San Antonio, they’re 11-3 when they out rebound their opponent. So, it’s big on who wins the rebounding game. If you go back and look at the first meeting, San Antonio had more rebounds than Oklahoma City.

Less is more

The Spurs are 11-0 when they can reach the century mark. Oklahoma City is 2-8 when they give up 100 points, their second win only came on Friday night against Memphis. If you want to give yourself a chance, this is what you gotta do, limit the Spurs in scoring. If you let San Antonio score all they want, you could be catching an L.

Get to the line

The Spurs are using this Sunday game as a day of rest. If the Thunder can take advantage of it and be aggressive, getting to the rim, the Thunder can roll. If they sit back and just take jump shots, the Thunder may be here forever. Oklahoma City has to be aggressive, attack and get to the rim tonight.

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