Oklahoma City Thunder (30-20, 11-13 away)

vs.

Washington Wizards (27-22, 15-9 home)

Tuesday, Jan. 30 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Capital One Arena (18,227)
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 3-point favorite. The over/under is 215½.
Online Stream: FS OK | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Wizards: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • It’s hard to fathom where the Thunder were two months ago we would be seeing the Oklahoma City Thunder riding the NBA’s longest win streak at eight games.
  • Tonight, they head into the nation’s capital to play the Washington Wizards, who the Thunder defeated 121-112 less than a week ago in Oklahoma City.
  • The Wizards will be without John Wall, who will miss the next 6-8 weeks with having his knee scoped.
  • Oklahoma City is 22-8 over their last 30 games, the NBA’s second best record over that span.

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 WIZARDS

  • The Washington Wizards are 27-22 in the regular season, sixth in the Eastern Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Wizards are 4-6.
  • In their previous game, Washington beat the Atlanta Hawks 129-104 on Saturday night.
  • All-time, the Oklahoma City Thunder 72-60 against the Wizards.
  • Since the Thunder relocated to Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 13-5 all-time.
  • When games are played at Capital One Arena, the Thunder are 4-4.
  • Oklahoma City has won 2-of-3 in Washington D.C., dating back to Feb. 1, 2014.
  • Last week, the Thunder beat the Wizards 121-112 on Jan. 25.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    John Wall (knee) is out.
    Sheldon Mac (Achilles) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Washington came on March 14, 2011, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 116-89 (27-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (22 points) vs. WAS occurred during an 120-98 loss on Feb. 13, 2017.

INJURY REPORT

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

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City will travel to Denver on Thursday night and then travels to New Orleans on Friday night for a back-to-back.
  • Oklahoma City then hosts the Lakers on a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. before traveling to Golden State on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

WHAT’S IN A WIZARDS NAME

  • In the early 1990s, Washington Bullets owner Abe Pollin was becoming frustrated with the association of his team’s nickname and gun violence.
  • A name-the-team contest was held and fans voted on a list of finalists that included Wizards, Dragons, Express, Stallions, and Sea Dogs.
  • Not long after Wizards was announced as the winning name before the 1997-98 season, the local NAACP chapter president complained that the nickname carried Ku Klux Klan associations.
  • Previous nicknames for the franchise when they were still in Chicago include Packers and Zephyrs.



Three Keys to the Game

Limit Threes

Washington went bananas from three last time these two met. They hit a combined 16 three-pointers, including 13 in the second half. Oklahoma City, even without Andre Roberson, need to find a better way of defending the perimeter and running shooters off the three-point line.

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.

Rebound

During their win streak, the Thunder are 8-0 when they have the same amount or more rebounds than their opponent. They’re 25-6 when the Thunder are tied or beat their opponents in rebounding. The Wizards are 19-4 when they out rebound their opponent. Who ever wins the rebounding battle, probably wins the game.

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