Oklahoma City Thunder (5-4, 2-2 away)
Cleveland Cavaliers (1-9, 1-4 home)
Wednesday, November 7 :: 6:00 p.m. CST ::Quicken Loans Arena (20,562)
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 6.5-point underdog. The over/under is 218.
Online Stream: FS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Cavaliers: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- There’s no LeBron James or Russell Westbrook in this game but the Thunder are hopefully going to shine in the Rock ‘n Roll Capital as they play the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight!
- The Thunder, one of league’s hottest teams, winners of five straight. They’ve knocked off a couple of good teams in the process as the Clippers and Pelicans are victims of the Thunder’s roll.
- The Cavaliers, in a post-LBJ era, struggling once again. They’ve fired their head coach and are just trying to not take on as much water as possible. The Cavaliers would love to have a No. 1 pick once again.
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 PELICANS
- The Cleveland Cavaliers are 1-9 on the season, worst record in the NBA.
- The Cavaliers are coming off a 102-100 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night.
- Cleveland’s win total predictions is 30.5, about 12th in the East playoff race.
- All-time against The Cavaliers, the Thunder are 63-48.
- Since relocation, Oklahoma City trails Cleveland 7-12.
- If you count the non-LeBron years, Oklahoma City leads Cleveland 4-3.
- When games are played in Cleveland, the Thunder are 2-1 in non-LBJ years and 3-6 overall.
- Last season, the teams split their games, each winning on the opponents courts, respectively.
- INJURY REPORT:
Kevin Love (foot) is OUT.
Sam Dekker (ankle) is OUT.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Cleveland came on Dec. 12, 2010, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 106-77 (29-point margin of victory).
- Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (35 points) vs. Cleveland occurred during an 117-82 loss on Nov. 26, 2009.
THUNDER INJURY REPORT
- Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out.
- Russell Westbrook (ankle sprain) is out.
- Oklahoma City has to play the Rockets in the second night of a back-to-back on the Nov. 8.
- They wrap up the week by playing the Mavericks on Saturday night in Dallas on Nov. 10.
- The Thunder host the Suns for the second time on Monday, Nov. 12.
Three Keys to the Game
With no Russell Westbrook, the Oklahoma City have to start fast. You cannot let a team like the Cavaliers jump on you. Sure, they may still blow the lead but you have to put your foot on the gas from the opening tip and not let up. This is not a good Cleveland team and there’s little room for error with Westbrook out.
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. However, over their four-game win streak, the Thunder are a little bit better, only 25th in fouling. They’re only allowing 27.5 free throws per game during the winning streak.
Paul George needs an explosive performance. He’s been really inefficient this season, posting near career lows across the board. The thing about George is when he struggles on the offensive side, he makes up for it in other ways. Tonight, the Thunder need an all around game from a team that has no one to stop him.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!