Oklahoma City Thunder (14-7, 5-4 away)

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Detroit Pistons (13-7, 9-3 home)

Monday, December 3 :: 6:00 p.m. CST :: Little Caesars Arena (20,491)
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 2-point favorites. The over/under is 219.5.
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Game Notes: Thunder: here | Pistons: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder take their back-to-back wins on the road for five of the next six games. The Thunder will have their hands full as they start with the Detroit Pistons.
  • Detroit comes into the game with a big win over the Golden State Warriors. The Pistons have won five in a row and are looking to make it six.
  • The Pistons are 2-1 against the Thunder in Detroit over the last three seasons.
  • Oklahoma City beat the Atlanta Hawks 124-109 on Friday, Nov. 30.

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 PISTONS

  • The Detroit Pistons are 13-7 on the season, that’s good enough for fourth in the Eastern Conference.
  • In their last 10 games, the Pistons are 8-2.
  • Only the Toronto Raptors have a better stretch than the Pistons. Detroit has won five in a row.
  • Detroit beat the Golden State Warriors 111-102 on Friday night. It’s the first time Detroit has beaten the Warriors since Dec. 2016.
  • All-time against Detroit, the Thunder are 69-66.
  • Since the 2008-09 season, Oklahoma City is 14-5 against Detroit.
  • The Thunder are 6-3 on the road against Detroit. They’re 1-0 in Little Caesars Arena, a 121-108 victory.
  • Over their last 10 games, the Thunder are 6-4.
  • INJURY REPORT:
    THE DETROIT PISTONS ARE RELATIVELY HEALTHY.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Detroit came on Jan. 23, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 99-79 (20- point margin of victory).
  • Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (16 points) vs. Detroit occurred during a 104-88 loss on Nov. 14, 2016.

THUNDER INJURY REPORT

  • Andre Roberson (ruptured patellar tendon) is out.
  • Terrance Ferguson (ankle) is out.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City 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

Fast Break points

Oklahoma City needs to turn up the pace against Detroit. Detroit is in the bottom third of fast break points are 8-1 when they win the fast break battle. The Thunder are 10-4 when they win the fast break battle. It’s imperative the Thunder are able to use their defensive prowess to win this battle.

Free throws

Oklahoma City is slowly moving up the rankings, they’re 26th in free throw shooting at 71.6 percent. 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. That starts with Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams, the two who’ve been struggling the most. Oklahoma City is shooting over 75 percent in victories. They’re only 64.5 percent in losses.

Bench

The Thunder’s bench has become super consistent but the points are showing it. That’s fine with the injuries the Thunder have experienced but the bench has to produce some points. When the Pistons bench is outscoring their opponents bench, Detroit is 6-1. Oklahoma City is 7-3 when they win the bench battle.

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