Tip-Off: 7 PM CT
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)
Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal
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The Thunder are off to a rough start, and things are not exactly going as well as expected. A lot of experts expected Oklahoma City to struggle initially as they figure out chemistry and rhythm, but after a solid 21-point victory over the Knicks on opening night, it did not seem like there were very many issues.
After dropping the last two games, however, Oklahoma City will look to put together a strong showing in front of the home crowd as the Thunder host the Indiana Pacers tonight. The Thunder and the Pacers did business this summer as Oklahoma City sent Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indiana as Paul George found his new home with the Thunder, so it will be nice for Thunder fans to see some familiar faces.
Indiana came into this season with very low expectations from critics, but they have started off the year in a decent fashion. After absolutely dominating the Timberwolves in Minnesota last night 130-107, the Pacers sit at 2-2 on the season (1-1 away). Oklahoma City hasn’t played since Sunday, so perhaps the two days off will give the Thunder an advantage.
- PG: Russell Westbrook
- SG: Andre Roberson
- SF: Paul George
- PF: Carmelo Anthony
- C: Steven Adams
- PG: Darren Collison
- SG: Victor Oladipo
- SF: Bojan Bogdanovic
- PF: Thaddeus Young
- C: Domantas Sabonis
- Terrance Ferguson (ankle) is not listed on the injury report.
- Myles Turner (concussion, sore neck) is out.
- Glenn Robinson III (left ankle surgery) is out.
- Edmond Sumner (left knee surgery) is out.
- In nine seasons in Oklahoma City, the Thunder are 8-9 against the Pacers (5-3 at home, 3-6 away).
- The Thunder have lost two games in a row to the Pacers, including 4 of the last 5.
- The Pacers defeated the Thunder by a combined 7 points in two games last season.
- The Thunder and Pacers will meet again on December 13 in Indiana.
- The Pacers are one of only six NBA teams to hold a winning record over the Thunder in nine seasons in Oklahoma City.
- The Thunder ranks dead last in free throw shooting, making just 66.7% of their attempts this season. The Pacers are 21st, making 72.2% of their attempts.
- The Thunder leads the NBA in steals and opponent turnovers.
- The Thunder leads the league in points off turnovers with 28.0 per game. The Pacers are 21st with 16.0 per game.
- The Thunder ranks second in the NBA in fast break points with 21.0 per game. The Pacers are 4th with 17.3 per game.
- After leading the league in points in the paint a season ago, the Thunder rank 21st with 42.0 per game. The Pacers, however, are tied for third with 54.0 per game.
- The Pacers are fourth in the NBA in scoring with 118.5 points per game, while the Thunder are 20th with 101.7 points per game.
Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter and Instagram.