Thunder Preseason Game Day #2: vs. New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City Thunder (0-1, 0-1 home) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (0-1, 0-0 away)
Friday, Oct. 6 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)

Thunder Preseason Game Day #2: vs. New Orleans Pelicansvs. Thunder Digest

TV: None.
Online Streamhere.
RadioWWLS Sports Animal 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemyHere.
Line: Oklahoma City is a 5½-point favorite. O/U is 212
Notes: Thunder: here | Pelicans: here


  • The Oklahoma City Thunder fell to the Houston Rockets 104-97 on Tuesday  night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Thunder trailed by as many as 20 but closed strong.
  • Carmelo Anthony looks to continue his good ways as he scored 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting on Tuesday.
  • The Pelicans come into tonight’s game 0-1 on the year. They blew a huge lead to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, falling 113-109.
  • Oklahoma City is 25-30 all-time in the preseason.


  • 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 OKCThunder.com 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 Pelicans

  • The New Orleans Pelicans finished the 2016-17 NBA regular season 34-48 and 10th in the West.
  • Oklahoma City is 20-11 all-time vs. the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • In Oklahoma, The Thunder are 11-5 vs. NOLA.
  • In previous preseason games, the The Thunder are 1-3 vs. NOLA
  • The Thunder swept the Pelicans last season in the regular season.
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over New Orleans came on Feb. 27, 2013, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 119-74 (45-point margin of victory).
  • The Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (25 points) vs. the Pelicans occurred during an 80-105 loss on Nov. 21, 2008.

Injury Report

  • Russell Westbrook (knee) is should play.
  • 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.

Next Up

  • The Thunder will host they’ll host Melbourne United (Australia) on Oct. 8.
  • Then, they’ll travel to Denver on Tuesday night for an 8 p.m. tip-off with the Nuggets.
  • The regular season begins on Oct. 19 against New York.

Things to watch

How the Big 3 play together

Oklahoma City has three big 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.

How OKC guards Boogie and AD

Another super duo coming at Oklahoma City. The Thunder get a real shot at playing arguably the two best big men in the game right now. Oklahoma City has to find  a way to limit what Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins can do on the offensive side of the ball.

Hey Bench, show up

The different bench rotations will be interesting. It won’t mean much right now with Patterson and Abrines 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.

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