Oklahoma City Thunder (45-33, 26-13 home)

vs

Golden State Warriors (56-21, 27-10 away)

Tuesday, April 3 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV Coverage: TNT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 730 HD 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 Dish)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 4.5-point favorites. The over/under is 221½.
Online Stream: TNT | WWLS Sports AnimalLive Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Warriors: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder are going for their first season series win over the Golden State Warriors since the 2013-14 season.
  • A huge game for the Thunder tonight, as they’re a half-game behind the San Antonio Spurs for fourth place in the Western Conference playoff race.
  • The Thunder lost to the Warriors 112-80 the last time these two teams met. It was a rough night for the Thunder as they couldn’t hit water from a boat in the ocean.
  • Oklahoma City ended a three-game losing streak with a 109-104 win over the Pelicans on Sunday night.
  • Golden State has won back-to-back games but are only 5-5 in their last 10 games.

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 broadcast is on TNT. It’s good for those who are outside of the Oklahoma market, they’ll get to see this budding rivalry.

SCOUTING THE WARRIORS

  • The Golden State Warriors are 56-21 on the season, second in the Western Conference.
  • Over their last 10 games, the Warriors are 5-5.
  • Golden State is only 2-3 in their last five road games.
  • Overall, the Oklahoma City Thunder are 137-109 against the Warriors.
  • When the games are played in Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 12-5.
  • Golden State beat Oklahoma City 112-80 on Feb. 24
  • The Thunder beat the Warriors 125-105 earlier this month and then beat them 108-91 in November.
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder are going for their first season series win over the Golden State Warriors since the 2013-14 season.
  • Oklahoma City hasn’t won two games in Oklahoma City since that series win year of 2013-14.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Stephen Curry (knee) is out.
    Patrick McCaw (back) is out.
    Andre Iguoudala (knee) is out.
    Shaun LIvingston (personal) is out.
    Kevin Looney (illness) is out.
    Omri Casspi (ankle) is out.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Golden State came on Feb. 17, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 110-87 (23-point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (26 points) happened twice with the most recent occurrence coming earlier this season on Nov. 3, 2016 (122-92 defeat).

INJURY REPORT

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

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City will play the Houston Rockets on Saturday, April 7 on ABC.
  • Then, Oklahoma City will travel to Miami for the a showdown with the Heat on Monday, April 9.

WHAT’S IN A DUB’S NAME

  • The Philadelphia Warriors, named after the 1920s team that played in the American Basketball League.
  • They won the championship in the inaugural 1946-47 season of the Basketball Association of America.
  • The Warriors moved from Philadelphia to San Francisco after the 1961-62 season and retained their nickname.
  • When the team relocated across the Bay to Oakland in 1971, they were renamed the Golden State Warriors.



Three Keys to the Game

Force turnovers

When you’re No. 1 in points off turnovers and the Warriors are one of the worst teams in turning the ball over, this is something where Oklahoma City has to capitalize. If the Thunder come out and their defense is spectacular, they’ll run away with it again.

Make your free throws

Oklahoma City missed 12 free throws in the loss to Denver last week. Oklahoma City ranks 29 of 30 NBA teams in free throw shooting. Russell Westbrook is shooting a career low from the line. Oklahoma City is shooting only 71.1 percent from the free throw line. Since the all-star break, the Thunder are making 72.4 percent of their free throws.

OK3

Oklahoma City needs the Big Three to show up more than ever before. Westbrook needs to be efficient and slicing like a hot knife through butter. Paul George needs to be exceptional on both sides. Carmelo Anthony needs to hit his open shots and be smart. If they do this, the Thunder will win.

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