Oklahoma City Thunder (35-25, 14-17 away) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (37-22, 17-11 Away)
Thursday, March 2 :: 9:30 p.m. CST :: Moda Center (18,203)
TV: TNT (245 DirecTV, 31 Cox, 730 HD 108 AT&T U-Verse, 138 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 even. O/U is 220.
Notes: Thunder: here | Blazers: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- When they’re on, boy are they on. The Oklahoma City have won four straight games in impressive fashion.
- Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook also has four straight triple-doubles. Not a coincidence.
- The Trail Blazers are a lowly 3-7 in their last 10 games.
- Portland has no won a game at home since Jan. 31.
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.
- Tonight’s game is on TNT only.
WIN OVER THE PELICANS HIGHLIGHTS
- Oklahoma City led by as many as 13 in the game, but the Jazz went on a 22-10 run and took a 97-96 lead before Russell Westbrook hit his last four shots for 12 points and sealed the game for the Thunder. OKC set a Thunder era record by connecting on 12 straight 3-point field goals to open the night.
- Westbrook finished with 43 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, his 30th, and fourth consecutive, triple-double of the season. It marked his fifth 40-point triple-double of the season.
- Doug McDermott recorded his first double-digit scoring game with Oklahoma City – 16 points, five rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes off the bench.
- Alex Abrines made his third consecutive start, scoring 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting.
- Oklahoma City shot a season-high 68.2 percent (15-of-22) from beyond the arc.
SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
- The Portland Trail Blazers are 24-35 in the regular season, 11th in the Western Conference.
- Portland is 3-7 in their last 10 games.
- The Trail Blazers lead Oklahoma City 10-7 in games that happen in the Rose Garden.
- Oklahoma City has not won in Portland since Feb. 11, 2014, five straight games.
- The Thunder are 18-16 overall against the Trail Blazers since their move to Oklahoma City.
- Portland lost to Detroit 120-113 in overtime on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
- Ed Davis (shoulder) is out for the season.
- Evan Turner (hand) is out until March 9.
- Festus Ezeli (knee) is out for the season.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Portland came on March 24, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 103-83 (20-point margin of victory).
- Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (35 points) vs. the Blazers occurred during a 72- 107 loss on April 3, 2009.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS
- Russell Westbrook has 67 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
- 20 of the 67 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
- Victor Oladipo (back) is a out. He did not
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.
- The Phoenix Suns are next up for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
- The Suns are 18-42 on the season, worst in the West.
- Oklahoma City is 2-0 vs. Phoenix this season.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Play smart basketball
Take care of the ball and trust Donovan’s offense. Oklahoma City cannot get into a three-point shooting contest with the Trail Blazers. If they do, it could end poorly for the Thunder. Oklahoma City needs to play smart tonight if they’re going to eek out a win tonight.
We’ve seen the Thunder play really strong fourth quarters. Oklahoma City has the most fourth quarter comebacks (9). They have to close the other three quarters strong, too.
Capitalize on Blazer’s mistakes
The Blazers send their opponent to the line as many times as most teams in the league. Only Phoenix and Memphis sends their opponents to the charity stripe more. If Oklahoma City gets to the line. They have to hit those free throws. They’re shooting 76.9 percent from the free throw line in their last five games. Oklahoma City has to hit those free throws.