Indianapolis Star
National Basketball Association
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Oklahoma City at Dallas
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 10, 2018
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas

The Oklahoma City Thunder aim to stretch their winning streak to eight games but will again be without star point guard Russell Westbrook. The former MVP will miss his third straight game due to an ankle injury when Oklahoma City visits the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

The Thunder allowed an average of 83 points in the first two games Westbrook missed and were highly impressive during Thursday's 96-80 home triumph over the Houston Rockets. "It's just having the urgency of wanting to win," backup point guard Raymond Felton told reporters after the victory. "That's the way we're playing right now. We're playing like we're hungry and we just gotta keep that." Dallas could be in for a long night against the defensive pressure as it turned the ball over 25 times during Wednesday's 117-102 road loss against the Utah Jazz. "It's a big problem and we've got to get it solved," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. "You give up 31 points on 25 turnovers on the road in the Western Conference, and you're going to have a rough night."

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FS Oklahoma, FS Southwest (Dallas)

ABOUT THE THUNDER (7-4): Standout forward Paul George scored 20 points but also recorded a season-best six of the Thunder's 11 steals during a contest in which the team held Houston to 20 or fewer points in three of the quarters. "We didn't come in thinking this was going to be an offensive battle, where we've got to outscore them on the offensive end," George told reporters. "We're just going to stick to playing defense. We've got guys that can guard and want to guard. That's just what it comes down to. (Defense) is what we're going to hang our hat on." George has recorded 31 steals, including four games of four or more thefts.

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (3-8): Hot-shot forward Luka Doncic is averaging a team-best 20.2 points and topped 20 six times after scoring 24 in the loss to Utah. The 19-year-old rookie made multiple 3-pointers in 10 straight games and is also averaging 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists while displaying a solid all-around game. "We knew the guy was a good player. We knew he could make plays, knew he could score," Carlisle told reporters. "If you're going to jump into this league as a young player, you better jump in with some force, some presence and some authority. Otherwise, you're going to get hit in the face. That's how tough of a league it is."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Thunder won eight of the past 11 meetings but the teams split last season's four contests.

2. Dallas C DeAndre Jordan recorded 10 or more rebounds in a franchise-record 11 straight games.

3. Oklahoma City C Steven Adams scored a season-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds against Houston for his fifth double-double of the season.

PREDICTION: Thunder 105, Mavericks 94
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Oklahoma City 7-4 W7 4-2 3-2 0-0 7-4 0-0 4-3
Dallas 3-8 L1 3-2 0-6 0-0 3-8 0-1 1-5
Last Meeting
Oklahoma City Dallas
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/28/18 OKC 111 DAL 110 111 56 45.2 110 36 48.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 30 44.0 8
Dallas H. Barnes 26 56.2 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Adams 12 9 3
Dallas D. Powell 8 2 6
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 7
Dallas J. Barea 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City P. George 313 39.5 72
Dallas L. Doncic 266 47.0 44
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Adams 144 68 76
Dallas D. Jordan 165 36 129
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City D. Schroder 77
Dallas J. Barea 81
Quickchart Matchup
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Off vs  Dallas Dallas Defense
Oklahoma City Off vs Dallas - Points For 110.2 Points For
Oklahoma City Off vs Dallas - Points Against 115.3 Points Against
Oklahoma City - FG% 44.6 FG%
Dallas - FG% 49.2 FG%
Oklahoma City - Reb 46.6 Reb
Dallas - Reb 40.5 Reb
Dallas Dallas Off vs  Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Defense
Dallas Off vs Oklahoma City - Points For 110.7 Points For
Dallas Off vs Oklahoma City - Points Against 106.2 Points Against
Dallas - FG% 45.0 FG%
Oklahoma City - FG% 44.4 FG%
Dallas - Reb 44.4 Reb
Oklahoma City - Reb 45.0 Reb