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Thunder Game Day No. 25: at Memphis Grizzlies

Oklahoma City Thunder (11-13, 2-10 away) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (8-17, 5-9 home)

Saturday, Dec. 9 :: 9:00 p.m. CST :: FedEx Forum (18,119)

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 5-point favorite. The over/under is 198.
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Grizzlies: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Oklahoma City have lost to the Nets but tonight they get a chance to rebound against the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Memphis comes in as one of the most struggling teams in the NBA. The Grizzlies are 1-9 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-2 over the last two seasons against Memphis.

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 GRIZZLIES

  • The Memphis Grizzlies are 8-17 on the season, 13th in the Western Conference.
  • The Grizzlies are 1-9 in their last 10 games.
  • In their last game, Memphis lost to the Toronto Raptors 116-107.
  • Last season, the Thunder took three of four from Memphis in their season series.
  • All-time, Oklahoma City is 56-26 against Memphis.
  • Since relocation, the Thunder are 19-14 against the Grizzlies.
  • When playing on Beale Street, the Thunder are 8-9 and only 3-6 over the last five seasons.
  • Injury report:
    Chandler Parsons (rest) is out.
    Brandan Wright (groin) is out.
    Mike Conley (achilles) is out.
    Wayne Selden Jr. (quadriceps) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Memphis came on Dec. 8, 2015, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 125-88 (37-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (34 points) vs. the Grizzlies occurred during a 80-114 loss on Dec. 19, 2016.

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 a out.

Next Up

  • 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

Take care of the ball and the Thunder will have a really good chance at dominating this game. Memphis without a lot of their key players should be easy to attack. We’ll see how that works out.

Bench

Oklahoma City’s bench ranks 29th in the NBA in points contributed per game. They’re averaging 23.4 points per game. With Paul George is not able to go, the Thunder will have to find a way to get someone on the bench to step up. They didn’t really step up on Thursday. We’ll see.

Get to the line

The Thunder are middle of the league in attempts. However, they’re horrible at makes. They’ll make their free throws, this game will be a cake walk. Oklahoma City is 72 percent from the line, 29th in the NBA. Just atrocious.

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