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Game #26 Preview | Charlotte Hornets

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up another clutch win against the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, and they have a chance to get back to .500 when they host the Charlotte Hornets tonight. The Thunder has not been at .500 since they were 7-7, but they appear to have turned a corner lately.

The Hornets, on the other hand, have had a rough go of things lately after starting the season at 5-3. Since then, Charlotte has gone 4-13. The Hornets have struggled specifically on the road, where they have only won one out of twelve games, while the Thunder has been a solid 9-3 at home.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Hornets

  • PG: Kemba Walker
  • SG: Nicolas Batum
  • SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • PF: Marvin Williams
  • C: Dwight Howard

Injuries

Thunder

  • Paul George (right calf contusion) is questionable.
  • Andre Roberson (left ankle sprain) is questionable.

Hornets

  • Jeremy Lamb (shin contusion) is questionable.
  • Nicolas Batum (left elbow soreness) is questionable.
  • Frank Kaminsky (right ankle sprain) is questionable.
  • Cody Zeller (left knee MCL tear) is out.
  • Marcus Paige (two-way contract) is not with the team.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 13-4 against the Hornets (8-1 at home, 5-3 on the road).
  • In nine seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Hornets six times, lost it once, and tied three times.
  • Oklahoma City has lost two games in a row against Charlotte, but the Thunder won the previous 11 matchups with the Hornets.
  • The Thunder and the Hornets will meet again on January 13, 2018, in Charlotte.
  • The Thunder suffered the worst loss to the Charlotte Hornets in organization history last season 101-113 on April 2, 2017 in Oklahoma City.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has won four of the last five games, while the Hornets have lost seven of their last eight.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-5 in the last ten games, while Charlotte is 3-7.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-4 against the Eastern Conference, while Charlotte is 4-6 against the Western Conference.
  • Oklahoma City is 6-8 in games when they have one day of rest, while Charlotte is 6-9.
  • Oklahoma City is 9-3 at home, while Charlotte is 1-10 on the road.
  • Raymond Felton was drafted fifth overall by Charlotte in the 2005 NBA Draft, where he played his first five seasons.
  • Jeremy Lamb spent his first three NBA seasons in Oklahoma City with the Thunder.

Be sure to check out our most recent segment of “Thunder Things with the Thunder Guys.”

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

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