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Thunder Game Day No. 26: vs. Charlotte Hornets

Oklahoma City Thunder (12-13, 9-3 home) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (9-16, 1-10 away)

Monday, Dec. 11 :: 7:00 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 7-point favorite. The over/under is 206.
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Hornets: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder goes for their five win in six tries as they host the Charlotte Hornets.
  • Despite how much we love Kemba Walker, the Charlotte Hornets aren’t very good. They’re 1-10 away from the Spectrum Center. They’ve lost back-to-back games against Chicago and the Lakers.
  • In their last 10 games, the Hornets are only 3-7, including losing eight straight road games since beating Memphis on Oct. 30.
  • Last season, the Charlotte Hornets swept the Thunder, ending the Thunder’s 11-game win streak over the Hornets.

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 HORNETS

  • The Charlotte Hornets are 9-16 on the season, 13th in the Eastern Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Hornets are 3-7.
  • When away from the Spectrum Center, Charlotte is 1-10, losing eight straight since Oct. 30.
  • In their last game, the Hornets lost to Lakers by double-digits, 110-99.
  • All-time, Oklahoma City is 36-17 against Charlotte.
  • When you break it down between Hornets and Bobcats, the Thunder are 4-2 against the Hornets and 9-2 against the Bobcats.
  • Last season, the Charlotte Hornets swept the Thunder, winning both games by double digits.
  • When in Bricktown, the Thunder are 8-1 all-time against Charlotte, with their first ever loss coming last season.
  • Oklahoma City is 11-2 in their last 13 games against the Hornets.
  • Injury report:
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is out.
    Cody Zeller (knee) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Charlotte came on Nov. 26, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 114-69 (45-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (12 points) vs. Charlotte occurred during a 101-113 loss on April 2, 2017.

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 game-time decision.

Next Up

  • The Thunder will travel to Indiana on Wednesday for Paul George’s return to Indiana (maybe if he’s healthy).
  • Oklahoma City then has back-to-back against the 76ers on Friday night and the Knicks, with Carmelo Anthony’s return to New York City, on Saturday night.



Three Keys to the Game

Jeremy Lamb

This might be Paul George or Andre Roberson’s call. The Hornets are 1-9 when Jeremy Lamb scores 15 points or less. Lamb has only done it once over the last seven games. That explains how Charlotte is 1-6 over that span. Let’s see how he fairs tonight.

Bench

Oklahoma City’s bench ranks 29th in the NBA in points contributed per game. They’re averaging 23.4 points per game. If 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.

Make your free throws

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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