Oklahoma City Thunder (1-1, 0-1 home) vs. orlando magic (3-0, 1-0 away)
Tuesday, December 29 :: 7:00 p.m. CST :: Chesapeake Energy Arena (18,203)
TV Coverage: Fox Sports Oklahoma
Radio Coverage: 98.1 FM/640AM/97.1 Tulsa
View from the enemy: Here.
Line: The Orlando Magic are 5-point favorites. The over/under is 219.5.
Online Stream: FS OK | WWLS Sports Animal | Live Stats | Twitter | Facebook
Game Notes: Thunder: here | Magic: here
- Oklahoma City won on a last second shot in Game 1 and it was Donovan Mitchell who had the last laugh in Game 2. So, the Thunder will try to rebound as they host the undefeated, weird to say, Orlando Magic.
- The Orlando Magic are 3-0 for the first time in over a decade. It’s only the fourth time in franchise history where they started 3-0. Orlando has never opened a season 4-0 in its 31-year history.
- Oklahoma City is currently riding a 5-game winning streak over the Magic.
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.
- Chris Fisher 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).
SCOUTING THE ENEMY
- Last season, the Orlando Magic finished 33-40, finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference.
- The Magic are 3-0 this season, sitting atop the Eastern Conference as one of four remaining unbeaten teams.
- Orlando beat the Washington Wizards 120-113 on Sunday for their third win.
- Orlando is sixth in points per game (121.0 ppg) and 18th in points allowed (113.7 ppg).
- Oklahoma City has won five consecutive games against Orlando, dating back to Nov. 2017 when the Thunder lost 121-08.
- All-time against the Magic, the Thunder are 39-23 in their head-to-head series.
- Since relocation, Oklahoma City is 17-7 all-time against Orlando.
- When the games are played in Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 10-2, with three straight wins. Their last loss to Orlando in Oklahoma City came in Nov. 2016.
- The Thunder’s largest margin of victory over Orlando came on 11/8/09, where Oklahoma City prevailed by a score of 102-74 (28-point margin of victory).
- Meanwhile, the Thunder’s largest margin of defeat (23 points) vs. ORL occurred during an 88-111 loss on 2/25/11.
Aminu Al-Forouq (knee) is out.
James Ennis III (calf) is out.
Jonathan Isaac (ACL recovery) is out.
Ty Jerome (ankle) is out. He is considered day-to-day.
Trevor Ariza (personal) is out indefinitely.
Al Horford (rest) is out.
George Hill (neck) is questionable.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Maybe it’s youth or maybe it’s carelessness but the Thunder have been pretty rough their first couple of games with taking care of the ball. They’re going to play in a lot of close games this season and turnovers will remain very important for Oklahoma City.
Fast break points
Oklahoma City only had six fast break points in their loss to Utah on Monday night. They were able to force the turnovers but really never found the connection to capitalize on those mistakes. Orlando doesn’t turn it over at a high rate, so the Thunder will need to make their opportunities count.
Until the bench steps up and is a consistent positive for Oklahoma City, they may remain a key to the game. The starters are solid and above average in terms of production and probably wins above replacement, if the NBA had that stat, but the bench has been anything but that.