Oklahoma City Thunder (29-20, 18-7 Home)

vs.

Philadelphia 76ers (24-21, 12-11 away)

Sunday, Jan. 28 :: 5:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV Coverage: ESPN (DirectTV 206, Cox 29, HD 1300, Tulsa Cox HD 1025)
TV Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 4-point favorite. The over/under is 214.
Online Stream: FS OK | Watch ESPNWWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Sixers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • It’s a somber entry into today’s 50th game. Oklahoma City is without the the NBA’s best perimeter defender. While it happening before the trade deadline is helpful, the Thunder miss him immensely.
  • Oklahoma City hosts the Philadelphia 76ers in a Sunday matinee at the Peake today.
  • Oklahoma City has won 17 consecutive games against Philly, including all previous eight at home.
  • Earlier this season, the Thunder escaped Philadelphia with a triple overtime thriller 119-117.
  • Both teams are hot right now. The Thunder are the league’s hottest with winners in seven of their last eight and Philadelphia has won five of their last six.

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).
  • Tonight’s game is also available on ESPN for those not in the Oklahoma City market. Mark Jones, Doris Burke & Cassidy Hubbarth will be on your call. A really good group to call a game.

SCOUTING THE SIXERS

  • The Philadelphia 76ers are 24-21 on the season, seventh in the Eastern Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Sixers are 8-2.
  • In the previous game, Philadelphia beat San Antonio Spurs 97-78 IN San Antonio on Friday night.
  • All-time, the Oklahoma City Thunder are 68-64 against the Sixers.
  • When you account for relocation only, the Thunder are 17-1 vs. Philly.
  • When they’re played at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City is a cool 8-0 vs. the Sixers.
  • Russell Westbrook has six triple-doubles against Philadelphia, most against any team.
  • In their previous game, the Thunder beat the 76ers on Dec. 15 in triple overtime 119-117.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Furkan Korkmaz (foot) is out.
    JJ Redick (leg) is a game-time decision.
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is a game-time decision.
    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Philadelphia came on March 4, 2014, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 125-92 (33-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (25 points) vs. the Sixers occurred during a 110-85 loss on Nov. 15, 2008.

INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out for the season.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City will then travel to Washington D.C. and Denver to wrap up the month.

WHAT’S IN A SIXERS NAME

  • The Syracuse Nationals were relocated to the City of Brotherly Love in 1963.
  • The team was renamed the 76ers, an allusion to the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776.



Three Keys to the Game

Limit Threes

Over their last six games, the Philadelphia 76ers are shooting the three at over 40 percent per game, which is fourth best over that span. Their ability to space the floor and get shooters open is clutch. For the Thunder being without Andre Roberson, this is more imperative to stop now more than ever. Someone needs to step up in his place. While you can’t completely replace his value, you can do a bit of damage.

Bench

Oklahoma City’s bench ranks 28th in the NBA in points contributed per game. They’re averaging 24.6 points per game. With Raymond Felton playing well lately, the Thunder have benefited. Felton and Co. have been a large part of the winning streak. Their ability to evaporate deficits or extend leads has been wonderful. Now that Roberson is out, the Thunder need someone on the bench to step up who hasn’t been playing and produce.

Free throw shooting

While we know the struggles that bind the Thunder’s season right now.  Free throw shooting has to be up there. In the previous game with Philadelphia, the Thunder missed five of six free throws in a span of 30 seconds of regulation that could’ve ended the game. Oklahoma City shot 10-of-19 from the line and was not acceptable that night and should not be acceptable tonight.

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