Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0, 0-0 home) vs. Houston Rockets (0-0, 0-0 away)
Tuesday, Oct. 3 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: BOK Center (19,199)
TV: NBA TV
Online Stream: here.
Radio: WWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 5.5-point underdog. O/U is 218
Notes: Thunder: here | Rockets: here
SETTING THE SCENE
- Preseason is here! The Thunder’s season has finally arrived. They’ll welcome in the Houston Rockets.
- Oklahoma City finished last season 47-35 and were eliminated by the Houston Rockets in five games.
- This is the ninth year Oklahoma City has played a game in Tulsa. The lone year was on the lockout season.
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 broadcast is on NBATV and the Thunder app only.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder added a bunch of new faces this year.
- Paul George was acquired on June 30 for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo.
- Carmelo Anthony joins the Thunder after Oklahoma City sent Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second round pick to the Knicks for Anthony.
- Oklahoma City also signed Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson via free agency.
- Terrance Ferguson was drafted in the first round out of Australia.
Scouting the Rockets
- The Houston Rockets went 55-27 and finished third in the Western Conference.
- The Houston Rockets were eliminated in six games in the Western semi’s.
- Oklahoma City is 107-106 all-time vs. Houston.
- The Thunder are only 14-19 against Houston since relocation.
- Oklahoma City is 5-3 all-time at the BOK Center.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Washington came on Dec. 29, 2012 where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 124-94. (30-point margin of victory).
- The Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (12 points) vs. Rockets occurred during an 137-125 loss on March 26, 2017.
- Russell Westbrook (knee) is OUT.
- Patrick Patterson (knee) is OUT.
- Alex Abrines (knee) is OUT.
Still good odds
- According to Sportsbook, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the sixth best odds to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
- They have the fourth best odds to win the Western Conference behind, the Clippers, Spurs, Rockets, and the Warriors.
- The Thunder will host New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 5.
- Then, they’ll host Melbourne United (Australia) on Oct. 7.
- The regular season begins on Oct. 19 against New York.
Things to watch
How PG and Melo play together
Oklahoma City has two new weapons and how they play together for the first time. Hopefully it’s a quick gel and the Thunder can run together well. If they struggle, it could be a long season for the Thunder.
Limit Rockets’ FT attempts
With Chris Paul and James Harden on the same team, the free throws will be plentiful for the Rockets. How Oklahoma City defends them will be key. They will probably be a team Oklahoma City sees in the playoffs this season.
Hey Bench, show up
The different bench rotations will be interesting. It won’t mean much right now with Patterson and Westbrook out. However, seeing a little consistency early will be big for the Thunder. If the bench goes out and scores super low numbers, eye brows will raise and the medias will talk.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!