Oklahoma City Thunder (24-20, (15-7 home) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (15-28, 6-14 away)
Wednesday, Jan. 17 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
Coverage: FS Oklahoma (DirectTV 675, Cox 37, HD 722, Tulsa Cox 27) | 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
Coverage: ESPN (DirectTV 206, Cox 29, HD 1300, Tulsa Cox HD 1025)
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Oklahoma City Thunder are a 9½-point underdog. The over/under is 216½.
Online Stream: Watch ESPN | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Lakers: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- You can beat Kings and the Hornets and that should be enough to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Oklahoma City and LA for a chilly showdown at the Peake.
- Oklahoma City has rebounded from losing three-in-a-row with nice, decent wins over Charlotte and Sacramento.
- The Lakers will be without Lonzo Ball in the lineup tonight. The Lakers are 0-7 without the No. 2 draft pick in the lineup. They’re still sub-.500 with him in the lineup.
- Oklahoma City beat the Lakers in their first meeting 133-99.
- The Thunder have won 10 straight home games against the Lakers, dating back to 2011.
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.
- Brian Davis 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).
- Tonight’s ESPN, for those not in the Thunder market or just don’t like listening to Brian Davis.
SCOUTING THE LAKERS
- The Los Angeles Lakers are 15-28 on the season, 12th in the Western Conference.
- In their last 10 games, LA is 4-6. They are 4-1 in their last five games.
- In their all-time series, the Lakers lead the series 140-103 over Oklahoma City.
- Since moving to Bricktown, the Thunder are 20-12 against the Lakers.
- When games are played at the Peake, the Thunder are 11-4 against the Lakers.
- Oklahoma City has won 10 in a row against the Lakers at home.
- The Lakers fell to the Grizzlies on Jan. 15 by a score of 123-114.
- In the last meeting between OKC and LA, the Thunder won 133-99.
- INJURY REPORT:
Lonzo Ball (knee) is out.
Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time decision.
Larry Nance Jr. (hip) is a game-time decision.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Los Angeles came on Dec. 19, 2015, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 118-78 (40-point margin of victory). Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (18 points) vs. the Lakers occurred during an 107-89 loss on March 24, 2009.
- Andre Roberson is questionable (left patellar tendonitis) for tonight’s game.
- How many natural lakes are there in Los Angeles? The short answer: Less than 10,000.
- When a pair of investors relocated the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League to Minneapolis before the 1947 season, they sought a name that would ring true with the team’s new home.
- Given that Minnesota is “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” they settled on Lakers.
- When the Lakers moved to Los Angeles before the 1960 season, their nickname was retained, in part because of the tradition the team had established in Minnesota.
- Oklahoma City will travel to Cleveland on Saturday afternoon.
- Then, Oklahoma City comes home for two more games, with the Nets and Wizards.
Three Keys to the Game
Win the third quarter. When the Thunder win the third quarter, they’re 13-1. When they lose, they’re 11-19 on the year. So, win the third quarter and you win the game. It’s pretty simple as that. Especially as the quarter has been the thorn in the side of Oklahoma City all season long.
The Lakers aren’t a very defensive team, they’re giving up 110.5 points per game, second worst in the NBA. For that reason, when the Lakers score under 100 points, they’re 2-12. That’s key for the Thunder. Gotta hit 100 and keep the Lakers from doing that.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have rebounded well lately but they’ll have to do it again tonight. Oklahoma City is 18-6 when they can grab more boards than their opponent.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Our Podcast is on iTunes. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!