Oklahoma City Thunder (2-4, 0-2 away)

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Charlotte Hornets (4-4, 2-1 home)

Thursday, November 1 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Spectrum Center (19,077)
TV Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27)
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
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Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 1.5-point underdog. The over/under is 227.5.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Hornets: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Back-to-back wins and the Thunder are starting to get things going in their right direction. If the Thunder are going to push back to .500, they’ll have to take down the Charlotte Hornets tonight.
  • The Hornets are 2-1 at home this season with an average winning margin of 13.3 points per game. They thumped the Bulls 135-106 on Friday night.
  • Paul George and Russell Westbrook are both averaging over 25 points per game. Westbrook is starting his run at averaging a triple-double for a third straight season. He’s averaging a double-double with 10.0 rebounds per game.

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.
  • Chris Fisher 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 with 36-46 last season, 10th in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Hornets’ expectations aren’t high. Their win total predictions are averaged to be 35.5 this season.
  • The Hornets are coming off a 125-113 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Tony Parker had a double-double, 24 points and 11 assists off the bench to lead Charlotte.
  • All-time against Charlotte, the Thunder are 37-18.
  • Since relocation from Seattle, the Thunder are 14-5 against the Hornets.
  • When the games are played at the Spectrum Center, Oklahoma City is 6-3 against Charlotte.
  • The Hornets seem to have the Thunder’s number as of late. Oklahoma City is 1-3 against Charlotte over the last two seasons.
  • Kemba Walker is averaging 30.1 points per game this season, leading the Hornets in scoring. He’s also averaging 6.0 assists per game. Nicolas Batum leads the bees in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    The Charlotte Hornets are relatively healthy heading into tonight’s game.
  • 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 (12 points) vs. Charlotte occurred during a 101-113 loss on April 2, 2017.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out

NEXT UP

  • The Thunder are in the midst of their first back-to-back of the season as they’ll play the struggling Fighting Scottie Brooks of the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
  • The Thunder then host the offensive juggernauts of the New Orleans pelicans at the Peake on Monday, Nov. 5.



Three Keys to the Game

Shooting

Oklahoma City is 29th in field goal shooting. They’re 30th in three-point shooting. They’re 29th in free throw shooting. Find a way to put the ball in the hole and do it efficiently. Scoring is up across the board in the NBA and the Thunder are lagging behind because they can’t score. They can’t make free throws. A lot of their losses isn’t really getting beat, they’re not doing enough to win. That starts with the one thing that wins you game, by scoring basketball points.

Free throws

While we mentioned this in the previous one, it’s still key. When you’re shooting less than 67 percent from the line, something NBA teams practice religiously, it’s quite unforgivable for the Thunder to be shooting such a desperate percentages. They have to make their free throws. That starts with Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

Stop fouling

The Thunder commit more fouls than any team in the NBA. They’re committing 26.0 fouls per game, which leads to 30.8 free throws per game, most in the NBA. Stop fouling. Stop being bad at basketball, please.

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