Oklahoma City Thunder (43-33, 27-12 home) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (40-37, 18-19 away)
Tuesday, April 4 :: 7:00 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 4-point favorite. O/U is 211
Notes: Thunder: here | Bucks: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to fix the wrongs that happened on Friday night with a chance against the Charlotte Hornets.
- The Thunder look to win their ninth straight home game against the Hornets. They have never lost to Charlotte since the relocation to Oklahoma City.
- Charlotte is 6-2 in their last eight games, with wins against Toronto, Atlanta and Washington.
- Oklahoma City is 4-2 in matinee games.
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).
LOSS TO THE HORNETS HIGHLIGHTS
- After Charlotte went up by 21 points in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City battled back to cut the deficit to 11, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Charlotte won in OKC for the very first time.
- Russell Westbrook paced the Thunder in the final frame with eight points and four rebounds and finished with his sixth consecutive triple-double, 40th of the season. He became the first player in NBA history to record five straight 30-plus point triple-doubles.
- Victor Oladipo turned in 19 points and six assists in 33 minutes. He extended his three-point streak to 13 games.
- Jerami Grant shot a perfect 3-of-3 from the field, including 2-2 from beyond the three-point line, for eight points in 23 minutes off the bench.
- The Thunder did its work in the paint, scoring 52 points to the Hornets’ 38.
SCOUTING THE BUCKS
- The Milwaukee Bucks are 40-37 on the season, fifth in the Eastern Conference.
- The Bucks are 7-3 in their last 10 games.
- Milwaukee lost to the Dallas Mavericks 109-105 on Sunday night.
- The Bucks beat the Thunder on Jan. 2 in Milwaukee 98-94.
- Oklahoma City is 9-7 all-time in the Oklahoma City era vs. the Bucks.
- The Thunder are 4-3 at home vs. Milwaukee.
- Oklahoma City has won three in a row at home vs. the Bucks
- Malcolm Brogdon (back) is out.
- John Henson (thumb) is out.
- Jabari Parker (knee) is out.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Milwaukee came on April 9, 2012, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 109-89 (20-point margin of victory).
- Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (17 points) vs. Milwaukee occurred during a 98-115 loss on April 11, 2009.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK TRIP-DUBS
- Russell Westbrook has 77 career triple-doubles, that’s best for sixth all-time.
- 23 of the 77 are against Houston, Orlando, Washington, Minnesota, and Philadelphia. He has four against each team.
- Westbrook has six straight triple-doubles.
- 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
- Oklahoma City is relatively healthy.
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 says hello to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
- The Grizzlies are 42-35 on the season, seventh in the West.
- Memphis is 5-5 in their last 10 games.
- Oklahoma City is 2-1 vs. Memphis this season.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Oklahoma City’s turnovers were their achille’s heel against Charlotte. Oklahoma City has to take care of it tonight if they’re going to take down the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. If they turn it over, they’ll lose by a sizable margin tonight.
The Hornets were able to limit the Thunder’s fast break ability by not turning it over. Milwaukee takes care of the on average through the league. In their previous game against the Bucks, Oklahoma City couldn’t force many turnovers and it was their downfall.
Oklahoma City’s bench has been very inconsistent this year and lately it has been so bad. If Enes Kanter and Alex Abrines can find their shot and rhythm again, the Thunder can find the W again.We invite you to follow Thunder Digest on Twitter and like Thunder Digest on Facebook. Don't forget to subsribe on Youtube! Our Podcast is on iTunes and on Stitcher. We also have a Thunder Digest Instagram account if you love fun Thunder photography!