No more than 140 characters. No less than 82 games. Predictions for every Thunder contest of the 2017-18 season. Let’s get weird.
Game 1 vs. Knicks
W – Can not wait to see the Enes Kanter tribute video. #NeverForget.
Game 2 at Utah
L – You didn’t really think the Thunder were going to go 82-0 this year, did you?
Game 3 vs. Minnesota
W – New–look T-Wolves will be a playoff team this season. You won’t see that potential in this game.
Game 4 vs. Indiana
W – Hugs from Paul George to all his ex-teammates. Paul will be smiling, but he doesn’t mean it.
Game 5 vs. at Minnesota
L – New–look T-Wolves will be a playoff team this season. You’ll see it in this game. #Dejavu
Game 6 at Chicago
W – Chicago isn’t going to win 25 games this season. Thunder roll in this one.
Game 7 at Milwaukee
W – There’s Cleveland, there’s Boston, but no one is talking bout the Bucks. OKC will treat this one like a playoff game.
Game 8 vs. Boston
L – Just out here wondering who Kendrick Perkins would be cheering for in this game.
Game 9 at Portland
W – First West Coast trip of the season means the airport will be packed when the team comes back to town.
Game 10 at Sacramento
W – So many good teams in the Western Conference. So much interest, player movement, drama. It’s still Sacramento, though.
Game 11 at Denver
W – Nuggets are supposedly much improved. Would be surprised to see it show up here.
Game 12 vs. Clippers
L – Remember when everyone was wanting Blake Griffin to come back home?
Game 13 vs. Dallas
W – This Mavs team might be one of the worst in the league, but at least we’ll get to cheer on Dirk.
Game 14 vs. Chicago
W – If you bought a two-game pack of tickets for the Mavs and the Bulls, I’m sorry. Bulls could be the worst team in the East.
Game 15 at San Antonio
L – Good chance Pop goes off on Trump before the game, fires up his Spurs. #BadTiming
Game 16 at New Orleans
W – Any chance Anthony Davis will be healthy? Doubt it.
Game 17 vs. Golden State
W – At least Enes Kanter won’t be talking trash to KD during the game. #Probably
Game 18 vs. Detroit
W – In case you didn’t get to boo enough at the Warriors, Reggie Jackson comes to town. #sports
Game 19 at Dallas
L – Last-second shot from Carmelo doesn’t fall. #WhyNot
Game 20 at Orlando
W – Thunder won’t need any “Magic” to win this one. Please don’t unfollow me. K. Thanks.
Game 21 vs. Minnesota
W – By now the Wolves will certainly be worn down from Thibs, right?
Game 22 vs. San Antonio
W – Don’t buy your tickets ahead of time. Spurs head to Detroit the next day = Pop rests starters.
Game 23 vs. Utah
W – Been forever since we’ve seen Quinn Snyder’s hair up close.
Game 24 at Brooklyn
W – If you promise to watch the next game, you can skip this one. Please RT.
Game 25: at Memphis
L – Conley, Gasol, Parsons will make more than $70 million combined this season. Can you name two more players on this team? Me neither.
Game 26 vs. Charlotte
W – Michael Jordan complaining there are too many “Super Teams” in the NBA was my favorite thing about the NBA offseason.
Game 27 at Indiana
W – Wonder how many Thunder fans will be upset when PG13 gets booed in Indy? I mean that’s just being rude to a former player.
Game 28 at Philadelphia
W – Trust the process, or Patrick Patterson, or Kyle Singler, or some other reserve who will certainly see extended minutes. Westbrook gets to rest.
Game 29 at Knicks
L – Knicks fans have never had an issue with being upset. And they’ll be plenty upset for this one. #triggered
Game 30 vs. Denver
W – Second meeting with the Nuggets. Second win for the Thunder.
Game 31 vs. Utah
W – Get there early for the return of former Edmond Santa Fe High great Ekpe Udoh. Oh, and Thabo Sefolosha will probably get a few cheers, too.
Game 32 vs. Atlanta
W – Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Thunder played in the Eastern Conference. We’d get more games vs. the Hawks. That’d be super.
Game 33 at Utah
L – That’s it for this season. No more Utah. Well, maybe in the playoffs. #blessed
Game 34 vs. Houston
W – There’s no Patrick Beverley to boo. It’s a Christmas miracle.
Game 35 vs. Toronto
W – Of all the teams in the East, does any of them illicit less opinion than the Raptors? Nobody likes them. Nobody hates them.
Game 36 vs. Milwaukee
L – Bucks are going to be beasts.
Game 37 vs. Dallas
W – Nothing better than sending out 2017 by bringing in the Mavs. #NewYears
Game 38 at Lakers
W – By this time of the season OKC is jelling. Also by this time of the season the Lakers are in #tank #mode
Game 39 at Clippers
L – Kinda cool to see someone shoot free throws worse than Andre Roberson.
Game 40 at Phoenix
L – Two losses in a row? What’s wrong with the Thunder? Time to burn this team down. Probably.
Game 41 vs. Portland
W – Thunder make it to the halfway point 29-12 and in the No. 2 spot in the Western Conference.
Game 42 at Minnesota
L – No one wants to make a January trip to Minnesota. Thunder won’t want to show up either.
Game 43 at Charlotte
L – This is the stretch of season where the Thunder struggle. #Panic
Game 44 vs. Sacramento
W – Kings = #SlumpBuster
Game 45 vs. Lakers
W – We can only hope LaVar Ball makes the trip to OKC, too. It’d be fun to see him.
Game 46 at Cleveland
L – Thunder will have been off for two days and fully rested. Same goes for the Cavs, too.
Game 47 vs. Brooklyn
W – Good news! The Thunder will be fully rested for this big matchup, too.
Game 48 vs. Washington
W – Anyone else miss Scott Brooks? I guess when you have Melo, PG and Westbrook that’s not really a thing anymore.
Game 49 at Detroit
W – I dare you to look at this roster and figure out how to get to 35 or more wins. Go ahead.
Game 50 vs. Philadelphia
W – We’re late enough the season at this point that Simmons, Embid, etc., will all be injured. #Sad
Game 51 at Washington
L – Thunder go from Washington to Denver. Hard to think the Thunder will win both of these on this odd road trip.
Game 52 at Denver
W – Ahh, yes, Carmelo gets to return “home” again. Tribute video should be #lit
Game 53 vs. New Orleans
W – Who gets T’d up first? Boogie Cousins, Russ?
Game 54 vs. Lakers
W – Thunder won’t be looking ahead to Golden State in this one.
Game 55 at Golden State
L – First trip to Oracle this season for OKC. You’ll stay up late for this one and then be mad that you did.
Game 56 vs. Memphis
W – If you can name three players other than Conley, Parsons and Gasol you get a chance to suit up for the Griz tonight.
Game 57 at Lakers
L – Thunder caught looking behind at Golden State.
Game 58 vs. Memphis
W – The Griz are one of the few teams in the league with an identity. Thunder have developed theirs by now, too. 100-points plus for the 10th game in a row.
Game 59 vs. Cleveland
W – LeBron has averaged 28.9 games in his career against the OKC/Sea franchise. And is shooting 50 percent, too.
Game 60 at Memphis
L – Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a game at the Grindhouse.
Game 61 at Sacramento
W – Your yearly reminder that Vince Carter is still in the league. #half-man #half-retired
Game 62 at Golden State
L – Russ shows up to the arena wearing a provocative, message T-shirt. @kdtrey5 tweets out something from at least a half-dozen accounts.
Game 63 vs. Orlando
L – When there’s no reason to be motivated, the Thunder will have a hard time winning. #RealTalk
Game 64 at Dallas
W – The Mavs have no reason to try and win. They won’t tonight, either.
Game 65 at Phoenix
W – Thunder look so good, and I’m not talking about Singler’s hair, you’ll want to order pre-order your championship ring from #Jostens
Game 66 at Portland
L – My Meyers Leonard for MVP thread starts here: 1/114
Game 67 vs. Phoenix
W – If you’re here you probably won the raffle from work. Congrats.
Game 68 vs. San Antonio
W – 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. A perfect night for Pop to berate a sideline reporter.
Game 69 vs. Sacramento
W – Only a matter of time in this one before Steven Adams is able to get Zach Randolph to commit a Flagrant 2.
Game 70 at Atlanta
W – Dozens of fans are excited to watch a 20-win Hawks team in April.
Game 71 vs. Clippers
W – Last chance of the season to really boo Patrick Beverley. Take advantage.
Game 72 at Toronto
L – Russ takes too many #shots #shots #shots #shots. It still happens, people. It still happens.
Game 73 at Boston
L – All those “Thoughts and Prayers” sent to Gordon Hayward worked.
Game 74 vs. Miami
W – Everybody raise your collective voice for Dion Waiters. #And1
Game 75 vs. Portland
W – Everyone rests, no one cares, Thunder win
Game 76 at San Antonio
L – Not saying the Spurs are old, but Tony Parker is now doing commercials for Werther’s Originals.
Game 77 vs. Denver
W – Seems like the Thunder play the Nuggets 10 times a season. Excitement be thy name.
Game 78 at New Orleans
L – No. 3-playoff seed clinched. Thunder won’t be worried about the hostile environment of the Smoothie King Center.
Game 79 vs. Golden State
W – Make sure you tell your grandkids about how you really gave Kevin Durant the business. Keep fighting the good fight. #snake
Game 80 at Houston
L – Don’t worry about this one. Worry about where you’re going to be sitting for the Thunder championship parade through Bricktown.
Game 81 at Miami
L – Russ won’t be going for the triple-double record tonight. He won’t be playing, either. #Rest
Game 82 vs. Memphis
L – Customer appreciate day for OKC fans. Everyone gets a Sam Presti sweater from the 2017 Spring collection.
Regular season: 53-29
First round – Thunder (3) vs. Clippers (6)
OKC in six games
Second round – Thunder (3) vs. Rockets (2)
Houston in six games
Last year: Predicted 48-34. Check my math here.
Actual record: 47-35
Game by game predictions: 51 correct, 31 wrong
Playoffs: Predicted Clippers (4) over Thunder (5) in six games
Actual: Rockets (3) over Thunder (6) in five games