Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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A warm welcome home on Friday night seemed to be the remedy for the ailing Oklahoma City Thunder. After losing four in a row, the Thunder handled the Clippers on Friday, which was the first matchup of a four-game homestand. Oklahoma City has a good chance to move to .500 hosting the Mavericks (2-11) tonight and the Bulls (2-9) on Wednesday before playing the Spurs on Friday.

The Mavericks are off to a similar start as last season, when they went 2-13 before winning their third game. Dallas is in tough position where they have a lot of young talent, which means inexperience. As for their veterans, Dirk Nowitzki is on the downhill slide of his hall-of-fame career, and Harrison Barnes has played well under the value of his contract.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Andre Roberson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Patrick Patterson
  • C: Dakari Johnson

Mavericks

  • PG: Dennis Smith, Jr.
  • SG: Yogi Ferrell
  • SF: Wesley Matthews
  • PF: Harrison Barnes
  • C: Dirk Nowitzki

Injuries

Thunder

  • Steven Adams (calf contusion) is out.
  • Carmelo Anthony (sore back) is out.

Mavericks

  • Seth Curry (leg) is out.
  • Josh McRoberts (sore knee) is out.
  • Devin Harris (bruised ribs) is questionable.

Head-to-Head

  • In nine seasons in Oklahoma City, the Thunder is 19-13 against the Mavericks in the regular season (11-5 at home, 8-8 on the road) and 9-5 in the playoffs (4-3 at home, 5-2 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City won the season series 2-1 with the Mavericks last year.
  • In nine seasons in Oklahoma City, the Thunder has won the season series against the Clippers four times, lost four times, and tied once.
  • Andre Roberson tallied a career-high 12 rebounds on February 19, 2015, against the Mavericks in Oklahoma City.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City is 3-2 at home. Dallas is 1-5 on the road.
  • The Thunder is 1-7 against Western Conference opponents, while the Mavericks are 1-8.
  • The Thunder broke a four-game losing streak on Friday, while the Mavericks have lost seven of their last eight.
  • Raymond Felton played two seasons (2014-16) for the Dallas Mavericks.
  • Dallas is tied for the worst record in the league at 2-11.
  • The Mavericks are one of only four teams in the NBA to average fewer than 100 points at 99.5 per game.
  • Russell Westbrook is 29 years old today.

Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.