Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: ESPN, FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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Another big lead in the first half on Monday led to another devastating meltdown against the Pelicans in New Orleans as the Thunder dropped two games below .500 for the second time this season. With Golden State on the deck, things could be better for Oklahoma City. However, here we sit 17 games into the season, and improvements look few and far between.

The Warriors started off the season with some minor issues, losing two of their first three games, but they are now tied with the Houston Rockets for the top record in the West. By all means, the Thunder has no chance of winning this matchup based on the play as of late, but as odd as it sounds, this game may be exactly what Oklahoma City needs to get back on track.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Andre Roberson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Carmelo Anthony
  • C: Steven Adams

Warriors

  • PG: Steph Curry
  • SG: Klay Thompson
  • SF: Omri Casspi
  • PF: Draymond Green
  • C: Zaza Pachulia

Injuries

Thunder

  • None

Warriors

  • Kevin Durant (left ankle sprain) is questionable.
  • Damian Jones is on G League assignment.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 16-16 against the Warriors  in the regular season (11-5 at home, 5-11 on the road) and 3-4 in the playoffs (2-1 at home, 1-3 on the road).
  • In nine seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Warriors five times, lost it three times, and tied once.
  • The Thunder has lost the last seven regular season games in a row against the Warriors and 10 of the last 11.
  • Russell Westbrook tied a career-high 11 turnovers against the Warriors last season on February 11, 2017, in Oklahoma City. He also scored 47 points, the most by an opposing player for the Warriors last season.
  • The Thunder lost both home games against the Warriors last season by 16 points.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City has held leads of 23 and 19 points in the last two games, but they have lost both as well.
  • The Warriors have won two in a row and nine of the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-2 at home, while Golden State is 7-2 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 2-8 against the Western Conference, while Golden State is 6-2 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City has only been at .500 or better for seven of its 16 games this season.
  • Kevin Durant played the first nine seasons of his NBA career with the Thunder organization (one in Seattle, eight in Oklahoma City).

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