Tip-Off: 7:30 PM CT
Location: American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)
Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal
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The Thunder (and its fanbase, for that matter) has dealt with a wide range of emotions over the last few days, defeating the Golden State Warriors at home on Wednesday, and then losing last night to Detroit, despite holding a 15-point second quarter lead. Tonight, Oklahoma City takes on the Mavericks in Dallas.
The Thunder and the Mavericks met just a couple of weeks ago in Oklahoma City, a game in which the Thunder won handily 112-99. Carmelo Anthony and Steven Adams both sat out that game due to the injury, so this will be the first time the Mavericks will have seen a full-strength Thunder squad this season. Oklahoma City is a six-point favorite in tonight’s matchup, but realistically, they should win by much more. The Thunder desperately needs to string together some wins and get back above .500, and a win tonight would be a good start.
- PG: Russell Westbrook
- SG: Andre Roberson
- SF: Paul George
- PF: Carmelo Anthony
- C: Steven Adams
- PG: Dennis Smith, Jr.
- SG: Wesley Matthews
- SF: Harrison Barnes
- PF: Maxi Kleber
- C: Dirk Nowitzki
- Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) is out.
- Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) is out.
- Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) is out.
- Oklahoma City is 1-0 against Dallas this year.
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 20-13 against the Mavericks in the regular season (12-5 at home, 8-8 on the road) and 9-5 in the playoffs (4-3 at home, 5-2 on the road).
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Mavericks 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.
- Oklahoma City is 2-7 on the road. Dallas is 2-9 at home.
- The Thunder is 3-8 against Western Conference opponents, while the Mavericks are 2-11.
- Oklahoma City has only been at .500 or better for seven of its 18 games this season.
- The Thunder is 2-1 in back-to-backs this season.
- Dallas is tied for the second-worst record in the league at 4-15, but the Mavericks have won two of their last three.
- Raymond Felton played two seasons (2014-16) for the Dallas Mavericks.
Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter & Instagram, and like us on Facebook.