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Thunder Game Day #44: at Golden State Warriors

Oklahoma City Thunder (25-18, 8-10 away) vs. Golden State Warriors (35-6, 19-3 home)
Wednesday, Jan. 18 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Oracle Arena (19,596)

Thunder Game Day #44: at golden state warriorsvs. Thunder Digest

TV: ESPN (206 Directv, 28 Cox, 720 HD , 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish)
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 13-point underdog. O/U is 226
Notes: Thunder: here | Warriors: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • A rocky lost to the L.A. Clippers brings the Thunder into Oakland against the streaking Golden State Warriors.
  • Oklahoma City lost the Warriors on Nov. 3 in Oakland 122-96.
  • Golden State has won four in a row, including a 126-91 destruction of the Cleveland Cavs on Monday night.

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 game is also on ESPN, for those not in the Oklahoma market.

SCOUTING THE BULLS

  • Golden State is 35-6 on the season, best record in the association.
  • In their last 10 games, the Warriors are 8-2.
  • In their previous meeting, Golden State beat Oklahoma City 122-96.
  • Winners of four in a row, the Warriors beat Cleveland on Monday night 126-91.
  • Oklahoma City is 16-13 all-time against Golden State in the Thunder era.
  • The Thunder have lost seven of their last eight against the Warriors, including four in a row.
  • Last time Oklahoma City won in Oakland? April 11, 2013. The Thunder won 116-97.
  • Golden State has won 12 of their last 13 home games and three in a row.
  • The Warriors are relatively healthy heading into tonight’s game.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Golden State came on Feb. 17, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 110-87 (23-point margin of victory). Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (26 points) happened twice with the most recent occurrence coming earlier this season on Nov. 3, 2016 (122-96 defeat).

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS

  • Russell Westbrook has 57 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
  • 16 of the 57 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
  • Russell Westbrook seven triple-doubles in a row this season is the most since 1989 when Jordan had seven in a row and 10 in 11 games.

INJURY REPORT

  • Cameron Payne (foot) is will play tonight.

50 IS NIFTY

  • On March 24, the Thunder claimed a 22-point home victory over the Jazz and in the process, OKC recorded the team’s 50th win of the season.
  • Oklahoma City has now finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) six times dating back to the 2009-10 season.
  • Only the San Antonio Spurs (seven seasons with .610 winning percentage), have reached that benchmark more during this period.

STILL GOOD ODDS

  • According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the eighth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • They have the fifth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City travels to Utah on Monday night to continue the road trip.
  • The Jazz are 27-16 on the season, fifth in the Western Conference
  • Oklahoma City lost the first meeting 109-89 on Dec. 14.
  • Utah travels Dallas on Friday night.

KEYS TO THE GAME

Control emotions

This really goes to No. 0. You have to control your emotions in a game like this. A lot of feelings and words may be said but you have to keep your head down and attack. Just be yourself. Don’t let the Warriors get into your head and make you think anything else. If you can control how you feel and Oklahoma City may have a chance at this.

Death lineup

The death lineup as it has been called, Curry-Thompson-Iguodala-Durant-Green, can really put teams at a disadvantage. Oklahoma City will probably match this with a bigger lineup. They did it in the playoffs last year, and it worked a bit. It’s unknown if that big lineup is going to have Enes Kanter in it. He couldn’t play very much in the WCF.

Bench

Last season, the bench killed Oklahoma City in their match up vs. the Warriors. The bench played well last night and must do that again. If Oklahoma City’s bench does a disappearing act like they did vs. the Clippers, Oklahoma City may get ran out of the building.

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