Oklahoma City Thunder (12-7, 7-3 home)

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Cleveland Cavaliers (4-15, 1-8 away)

Wednesday, November 28 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
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 12.5-point favorites. The over/under is 216.5.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Cavaliers: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to pick up the pieces after a demoralizing loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Oklahoma City trailed by a ton throughout a large portion of the game before closing late, losing 105-98.
  • The Thunder still are 7-3 in their last 10 games and sit fourth in the Western Conference playoff race.
  • The poor Cleveland Cavaliers. What can you say about them? They’re 4-15 on the season and are doomed to the bottom of a rough Eastern Conference.
  • Oklahoma City beat the Cavaliers earlier this season 95-86 back on Nov. 7. Dennis Schröder had 28 points in that victory.

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 CAVALIERS

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers are 4-15 on the season, worst record in the NBA.
  • The Cavaliers are coming off a 102-95 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
  • Cleveland is 3-7 in their last 10 games. They had won back-to-back games, with wins over Philadelphia and Houston before Monday night’s loss.
  • All-time against The Cavaliers, the Thunder are 64-48.
  • Since relocation, Oklahoma City trails Cleveland 8-12.
  • If you count the non-LeBron years, Oklahoma City leads Cleveland 5-3.
  • When games are played at the ‘Peake, the Thunder are 4-6 all-time and 2-3 in post-LBJ seasons.
  • Last season, the teams split their games, each winning on the opponents courts, respectively.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    Sam Dekker (ankle) is out.
    George Hill (shoulder) is out.
    Kevin Love (foot) is out.
    David Nwaba )knee) is out.
    JR Smith (not with team) 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.
  • Hamidou Diallo (ankle) is out.
  • Terrance Ferguson (ankle) is out.
  • Nerlen Noel (calf contusion) is questionable.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City will host Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, Nov. 30.
  • Then, Oklahoma City gets three days off before hitting Detroit on Dec. 3.
  • They will travel to Brooklyn on Dec. 5
  • The Thunder will round up the road trip on Dec. 7 at the Chicago Bulls.



Three Keys to the Game

Bench play

The bench is always key. Oklahoma City’s bench is going to need someone to step up and fill the void. The other night, the bench scored 13 points, with Deonte Burton scoring 11 of those. The bench needs to get involved and do its part. With Schröder doing bench work part of the time, it helps but everyone has to do their part.

Free throws

Oklahoma City is slowly moving up the rankings. However, their last two have been crashing back to earth scenarios. Oklahoma City has to make free throws if they’re going to win a game, let alone a championship. If they can get over 75 percent, this game is done for.

Block out

The Thunder are the best offensive rebounding team in the NBA. The Cavaliers are 0-7 when they’re out rebounded by their opponent. Oklahoma City has to prove and do that tonight. We saw last night where the Nuggets were able to rebound and stay in the contest. Oklahoma City has to find a way to rebound and put this game out of reach.

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