Oklahoma City Thunder (9-5, 3-3 away)
Phoenix Suns (3-11, 2-5 Home)
Saturday, November 17th :: 8:00 p.m. CST :: Talking Stick Resort Arena (19,023)
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 9.5-point favorites. The over/under is 215.5.
Online Stream: FS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Knicks: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Oklahoma City Thunder go for their ninth win in 10 games as they travel to Arizona to take on the Phoenix Suns
- Oklahoma City is coming off a win against the New York Knicks last Wednesday, as they won by a margin of 25 points.
- The Suns, who the Thunder defeated in Oklahoma City just five days ago, are 2-5 in their last seven games, but are fresh off a home victory versus the San Antonio Spurs.
- Russell Westbrook is a game-time decision for the Thunder. He participated in practice yesterday, and will be evaluated this afternoon.
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 SUNS
- The Phoenix Suns are 3-11 on the season, with all three wins coming on their home floor. They are currently the worst team in the Western Conference.
- The Suns are 2-5 in their last seven games, their two wins coming against the Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies
- In their previous game, Phoenix beat the Spurs 116-96.
- The Suns have struggled all season so far, but have impressive wins over two teams with winning records.
- Phoenix is the worst team in the league in scoring, only averaging 102 points per game.
- Suns rank second to last in turnovers per game, averaging almost 18 turnovers a game.
- Devin Booker, by far the Suns best player, averages 23 points per game.
- INJURY REPORT:
The Suns are relatively healthy, but Trevor Ariza (personal reasons) will be a game-time decision after missing Wednesday’s game.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over New York came on 12/25/13, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 123-94 (29-point margin of victory).
- Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (15 points) vs. NYK occurred during a 96-111 loss on 12/16/17.
THUNDER INJURY REPORT
- Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out.
- Russell Westbrook (ankle sprain) is a game-time decision.
You can view the NBA’s official injury report here.
- The Thunder will travel to play the Kings on Monday night, November 19th.
- They will play the Warriors on November 21st, the night before Thanksgiving.
- Then, they will get to come home for a four-game home stand, to wrap up the month of November.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
The Suns are one of the worst teams in the league when it comes to taking care of the basketball, while Oklahoma City is one of the best at forcing those turnovers. The Thunder will be well off if they can continue to defend and create turnovers.
Slow down Booker
Devin Booker is the main pulse to the Suns offense. If they can slow him down, and force him into some tough shots, Oklahoma City should run away with this one.
Keep the pressure on
Five days ago when these two teams met, Oklahoma City got out to a huge lead early, but let the Suns creep back into it early in the second half. Though they were able to still get the win, it would be nice to let the starters get some rest in the fourth quarter if Thunder could take care of business early.
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