Game #18 Preview | Detroit Pistons

Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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Oklahoma City picked up a big win on Wednesday at home against the Golden State Warriors, and while it was cause for celebration for the obvious reason of beating Kevin Durant and the defending NBA champs, it was big on other levels as well. The Thunder has struggled to find its groove, often due to a lack of consistent energy from start to finish in each game. Two nights ago, however, Oklahoma City looked locked in from the start, and they never let up, maintained their composure, and held on for a big victory.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the Detroit Pistons, one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. At 11-6, the Pistons currently sit in the two-spot in the Eastern Conference, so a win tonight would solidify that Oklahoma City is making consistent improvements and moving in a direction that could feature a lot of wins.

Projected Starters


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


  • PG: Reggie Jackson
  • SG: Avery Bradley
  • SF: Stanley Johnson
  • PF: Tobias Harris
  • C: Andre Drummond



  • None


  • Jon Leuer (left ankle sprain) is doubtful.


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 13-4 against the Pistons (8-1 at home, 5-3 on the road).
  • In nine seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Pistons five times and tied four times.
  • The home team has won the last four games between the Thunder and the Pistons, and Detroit has lost eight of the last nine matchups in Oklahoma City.
  • Oklahoma City and Detroit will meet again on January 27, 2018, in Detroit.
  • Russell Westbrook averaged 25.0 points, 11.5 assists, and 14 rebounds against the Pistons last season.

Game Notes

  • Thunder forward Kyle Singler came to Oklahoma City by way of a trade with the Pistons that sent guard Reggie Jackson to Detroit. Jackson was drafted by Oklahoma City in 2011, and he played his first three-and-a-half seasons with the Thunder.
  • The Thunder will debut its new Statement jersey tonight (details on the jersey here).
  • Oklahoma City is 6-2 at home, while Detroit is 4-4 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-1 against the Eastern Conference, while Detroit is 5-1 against the Western Conference.
  • The Pistons have lost three of their last four games.
  • Oklahoma City has only been at .500 or better for seven of its 16 games this season, and they have a chance to get back to that record with a win tonight.

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

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