Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25, 19-8 home) vs. New York Knicks (23-33, 9-18 away)
Wednesday, Feb. 15 :: 8:30 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203
TV: ESPN (206 Directv, 28 Cox, 720 HD , 602 AT&T U-Verse, 140 Dish)
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 7-point favorite. O/U is 218
Notes: Thunder: here | Knicks: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Oklahoma City Thunder have been blown out for the last two games and the Thunder are looking to rebound tonight.
- The Knicks are only 3-7 in their last 10 games, including a 105-104 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon.
- Oklahoma City beat New York 112-103 back on Nov. 28. Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double in the win.
- Oklahoma City has not beaten New York in Oklahoma City since Nov. of 2014.
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 broadcast is on ESPN
LOSS TO THE WIZARDS HIGHLIGHTS
- The Wizards led for the entirety of the game, but Oklahoma City cut the lead to three points midway through the second quarter before Washington outscored OKC by 10 to close the half.
- Russell Westbrook and Joffrey Lauvergne led the team in scoring with 17 points apiece.
- It was the first game for Lauvergne to lead the team in scoring; he also turned in six rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes off the bench.
- Cameron Payne turned in his second game of the season with double-digit scoring as the second year guard posted 12 points in 23 minutes.
- Oklahoma City held an advantage in rebounding, 47-40, while tying its season high with 20 offensive rebounds.
SCOUTING THE KNICKS
- The New York Knicks are 23-33 on the season, 12th in the East.
- In their last 10 games, the Knicks are 3-7.
- The Thunder is 11-5 versus the Knicks during the Oklahoma City era.
- Oklahoma City is 6-2 overall vs. the Knicks at home.
- Oklahoma City’s last win at home vs. the Knicks came in 2014.
- The Thunder won in Madison Square Garden on Nov. 28 by 112-103.
- Oklahoma City has won back-to-back games, both in New York City against the Knicks
- Joakim Noah (hamstring) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over New York came on Dec. 25, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 123-94 (29-point margin of victory).
- Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (14 points) vs. the Knicks occurred during a 98-112 loss on Dec. 22, 2010.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS
- Russell Westbrook has 63 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
- 20 of the 63 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, 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.
- Westbrook is fifth all-time in triple-doubles.
ALL-TIME TRIPLE-DOUBLE LIST
- Enes Kanter is out until at least March 8.
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.
- Oklahoma City takes on the Lakers when they return from the break.
- Los Angeles is 19-38 on the season, last in the West.
- The Lakers are 3-7 in their last 10 games.
- Oklahoma City is 1-1 vs. Los Angeles this season.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Defend the three
Oklahoma City has struggled to defend over their losing streak and over the long list of the bad games, the Thunder are allowing a horrible 44.5 percent from three, second worst in the association. In victories, the Thunder are only allowing 32 percent from deep That’s pretty simple, Oklahoma City will need to defend better if they want to win.
New York is one of the worst rebounding teams in the league and the Thunder, despite the absence of Kanter, should find a way to dominate the Knicks. The loss of Joakim Noah should help the Thunder win this match up.
Hey Bench, show up
If the bench shows up, Oklahoma City runs away with this game. However, they’re non-existent at times, especially defensively. They have to find a way to defend, the Thunder are going to find a victory. The Thunder’s bench averages 35.7 points per game, 14th. They’re giving up 35.2 points on the bench, which is ninth. Oklahoma City has to defend better.