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Thunder Game Day No. 24: at Brooklyn Nets (in Mexico City)

Oklahoma City Thunder (11-12, 2-9 away) vs. Brooklyn Nets (9-14, 4-6 away)

Thursday, Dec. 7 :: 9:00 p.m. CST :: Arena Ciudad de México (22,300)

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 6.5-point favorite. The over/under is 214.5.
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Nets: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Welcome to Mexico City! The Oklahoma City Thunder will play the Brooklyn Nets in an away game for the Thunder. Brooklyn gave up a home game for this contest.
  • Oklahoma City has won three games in a row and will try to make it a fourth against Brooklyn tonight.
  • Brooklyn is floundering as of late. The Nets are 4-7 in their last 11 games.
  • This is the first away game in where the Thunder will play away from Chesapeake Energy Arena five out of 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).

SCOUTING THE NETS

  • The Brooklyn Nets are 9-14 on the season, 12th in the Eastern Conference.
  • Brooklyn is 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • The Nets beat the Hawks in their last time out 110-90.
  • Against the Nets, the Thunder are 54-32.
  • Oklahoma City is 11-6 against the Nets: 5-5 against Brooklyn, 6-1 against New Jersey.
  • In away games, the Thunder are 6-3 against Brooklyn.
  • Oklahoma City swept last season’s series.
  • The Thunder have never played a regular season game outside of Canada or the United States.
  • Injury Report:
    Yakuba Outtara (leg) is a game-time decision.
    D’Angelo Russell (knee) is out.
    Jeremy Lin (knee) is out.
  •  The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Brooklyn came on Jan. 31, 2014, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 120-95 (25-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (31 points) vs. the Nets occurred during an 85-116 loss on Nov. 3, 2014.

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

  • Paul George (right calf contusion) is out.
  • Jerami Grant (left hip contusion) is out.

Next Up

  • Then, the Thunder travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies on Saturday night.
  • Oklahoma City splits up the mini-road trip with a single game at home vs. the Hornets on Monday, Dec. 11.
  • Oklahoma City then goes on a three-game road trip starting with Paul George’s return to Indiana on Dec. 13.

Three Keys to the Game

Turnovers

Brooklyn turns it over a lot. They also are 4-11 when they don’t win the turnover battle. Oklahoma City is pretty good at forcing them (first in the NBA). So, if the Thunder can get the Nets in compromising positions, they’ll have a really good chance of blowing this open.

Bench

Oklahoma City’s bench ranks 29th in the NBA in points contributed per game. They’re averaging 23.4 points per game. If the Thunder are going to win this game, they’ll need much more contributions with no Paul George or Jerami Grant. That’s a loss of two bench guys, as one would slide up and take Paul George’s place and one will have to take over for what Jerami Grant does.

Get to the line

The Thunder are middle of the league in attempts. Oklahoma City got to the line against Utah and that was clutch for the Thunder. If they can do that against Brooklyn, the Thunder will have a really good chance at controlling what the Nets do on their offensive side.

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