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Thunder vs. Spurs: Start time, TV schedule, and game preview

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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to San Antonio Thursday to take on the Spurs (18-13).

The Thunder (14-21) are currently 13th in the Western Conference and are coming off back-to-back losses against the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks.

The game is set to tipoff at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports, Oklahoma.

The one thing the Thunder will have to do is keep the Spurs from scoring more than 100 points because they are 18-8 in games they score in the triple digits.

The Western Conference has the Thunder’s number, going 16-6 against OKC.

One huge thing the Thunder have to contain Thursday would be turnovers since they average 14.5 turnovers per game and are 5-14 when they commit more turnovers than their opponents, according to ESPN stats.

The two teams are meeting Thursday for the third time this season. OKC won the last matchup 102-99 on Feb. 24, behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 42 points.

To win Thursday, the Thunder would need to contain DeMar DeRozan, who is shooting 48.9% and averaging 20 points. Patty Mills could also be a headache for OKC since he’s averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers.

The Thunder will be relying on Gilgeous-Alexander, who leads averaging 22.9 points per game. Theo Maledon is averaging 3.7 assists and 7.6 points over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.

The Spurs, who are 1st in the Southwest Division, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, averaging 111.3 points per game.

The Thunder, meanwhile, is 4-6 in their last 10 games, averaging 42.8 rebounds and shooting 43.9% from the floor.

Prediction: The Spurs are on fire, and the Thunder are playing their second game in 24 hours, so I do not see this game ending well for OKC. Spurs by 12.