Oklahoma City Thunder (22-20, 8-13 away) vs. Charlotte Hornets (16-24, 11-11 home)
Saturday, Jan. 13 :: 4:00 p.m. CST :: Sepctrum Center (20,200)
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 1½-point underdog. The over/under is 210.
Online Stream: Watch ESPN | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Hornets: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The temperature may be low in Oklahoma City today but the demeanor and the will of the Thunder is equally as low as they roll into the Queens City to take on the Charlotte Hornets.
- It’s been déjà vu as the Thunder have been struggling immensely since the loss of Andre Roberson to injury. the All-Defensive player will miss today’s game, too.
- Charlotte waxed the Thunder a little over a month ago 116-103 at the Peake. A barrage of threes in the third quarter put the Thunder out of their misery.
- Oklahoma City has lost three in a row for the third time this season. They’re looking to avoid their second four-game losing streak.
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 16-24 on the season, 11th in the Eastern Conference.
- In their last 10 games, the Hornets are 5-5.
- In their last game, the Hornets beat the Utah Jazz 99-88 in Utah in the first game of their back-to-back.
- All-time, Oklahoma City is 36-18 against Charlotte.
- When you break it down between Hornets and Bobcats, the Thunder are 4-3 against the Hornets and 9-2 against the Bobcats.
- Last season, the Charlotte Hornets swept the Thunder, winning both games by double digits.
- Charlotte won the first meeting against Oklahoma City 116-103 on Dec. 11.
- Oklahoma City is 11-3 in their last 13 games against the Hornets.
- INJURY REPORT:
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 (13 points) vs. Charlotte occurred during a 116-103 loss on Dec. 11, 2017.
- Andre Roberson is OUT (left patellar tendonitis).
- The Thunder return home for four games in five games.
Three Keys to the Game
This might be Paul George or Andre Roberson’s call. The Hornets are 4-15 when Jeremy Lamb scores 15 points or less. Lamb has only done it once over the last seven games. That explains how Charlotte is 3-1 in the last four games as Lamb has done this.
Oklahoma City’s bench ranks 29th in the NBA in points contributed per game. They’re averaging 23.9 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
When you play top echelon teams like the Timberwolves, yeah that’s still weird typing that, you have to show up and show out. For Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, all three will have to be on their A games tonight. If they’re not, the Thunder will be answering questions once again about how Westbrook left the arena without talking to media again.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!