Oklahoma City Thunder (38-29, 22-11 home)
San Antonio Spurs (37-28, 14-20 away)
Saturday, March 10 :: 7:30 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV Coverage:ABC (5 DirecTV, 8 Cox, 705 HD, 5 AT&T U-Verse, 5 Dish)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 4½-point favorite. The over/under is 211.
Online Stream: ABC | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Spurs: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- Each game is a near must win. Oklahoma City trails fourth seeded New Orleans by a game. With games coming up against Sacramento and Atlanta, stealing tonight’s game is super important.
- The Thunder and the Spurs have split their regular season meetings, both winning impressively on their home courts.
- Both teams are trending in weird directions. San Antonio is 3-7 in their last 10 games, Oklahoma City is only 6-4.
- The Thunder are a slim favorite and will be without Terrance Ferguson (concussion).
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.
- Tonight’s game is on ABC apart of their Saturday night series. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & Lisa Salters will be on the call.
SCOUTING THE SUNS
- The San Antonio Spurs are 37-28 on the season, fifth in the Western Conference.
- Since Feb. 1, San Antonio is 3-8.
- In their last game, San Antonio fell to the Golden State Warriors 110-107 on Thursday night.
- In their all-time series against the Spurs, Oklahoma City is 91-74.
- Since the Thunder relocated from Seattle, Oklahoma City is 15-19 against San Antonio.
- When the games are played at the Peake, the Thunder are 10-8 vs. the Spurs.
- Oklahoma City is 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. San Antonio dating back to Dec. 2012.
- In their previous meeting, the Thunder beat the Spurs 90-87 on Dec. 3, 2017.
- San Antonio won the season series against Oklahoma City last season 2-1.
- INJURY REPORT:
Pau Gasol (shoulder) is questionable.
Kawhi Leonard (quadricep) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over San Antonio came on Dec. 17, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 107-93 (14-point margin of victory). Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (39 points) vs. the Spurs occurred during a 130-91 loss on March 25, 2015.
THUNDER INJURY REPORT
- Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out for the season.
- Terrance Ferguson (concussion) is out.
- Next week, Oklahoma City will play the Kings, Hawks and Clippers before playing in Toronto for an early noon tip on Sunday, March 18.
WHAT’S IN A SPURS NAME
- A group of San Antonio investors purchased the Dallas Chaparrals from the American Basketball Association in 1973 and decided to hold a public contest to rename the team.
- Five thousand entries with over 500 names were submitted.
- After reconsidering their first decision to call the team the Aztecs (several teams already used that name), the judges (investors and local press representatives) settled on Spurs.
- It may have just been a coincidence that one of the team’s main investors, Red McCombs, was born in Spur, Texas.
Three Keys to the Game
While the Thunder have allowed a ton of points since the loss of Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City needs to step up and find a way to limit San Antonio offensively. The Spurs are only 7-18 when they’re held under 100 points. Oklahoma City for all what is worth is 19-5 when holding their opponent under the century mark. Oklahoma City hasn’t held back-to-back opponents under 100 since Jan. 15-17 when they beat the Kings and Lakers.
Rebounding is so imperative to the Thunder. Oklahoma City is 27-10 this season when they out rebound their opponents. Oklahoma City though, a poor 10-19 when they don’t. It’s like the three-point shooting. Oklahoma City was out rebounded by the Spurs, and that contributed to the loss. They have to do a better job tonight.
Oklahoma City needs to figure out their turnover situation. They’re averaging 16.3 turnovers per game since the All-Star Break (27th). The Spurs are getting out into transition more than ever since the break, scoring 19.3 points per game on the break (8th). San Antonio is 24-10 when they win the turnover battle. Oklahoma City has to tonight to have a chance.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!