Game #35 Preview | Toronto Raptors

Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: FSOK, NBA TV

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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The Oklahoma City Thunder come into tonight’s matchup with the visiting Toronto Raptors as owners of the league’s longest active winning streak at five games. The Raptors were were owners of that streak at six games before falling to the Dallas Mavericks last night 93-98.

Toronto’s streak is over, but the Thunder will look to continue theirs. The Raptors have been really good this season, but they are much better at home than they are on the road. Oklahoma City has Loud City on its side, and the crowd will need to be active tonight to fuel the Thunder with enough energy to pick up another win over one of the league’s top teams.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Raptors

  • PG: Kyle Lowry
  • SG: DeMar DeRozan
  • SF: OG Anunoby
  • PF: Serge Ibaka
  • C: Jonas Valanciunas

Injuries

Thunder

  • None

Raptors

  • C.J. Miles (dental procedure) is questionable.
  • Lucas Nogueira (right calf) is questionable.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 10-7 against the Raptors in the regular season (5-4 at home, 5-3 on the road).
  • In nine seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Raptors three times, lost it once, and tied it five times.
  • The road team has won the last four matchups between the Thunder and the Raptors.
  • The Thunder and the Raptors will meet again on on March 18, 2018, in Toronto.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City has won five games in a row, the longest winning streak of the season for the Thunder and the longest active winning streak in the NBA. Toronto lost last night to the Mavericks, but they have won 12 of their last 14 games.
  • Oklahoma City and Toronto are both 8-2 in their last ten games.
  • Oklahoma City is 13-4 at home, while Toronto is 11-8 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 8-6 against the Eastern Conference, while Toronto is 11-5 against the Western Conference.
  • Oklahoma City is 12-9 in games where there is one day of rest, while Toronto is 3-1 in the second game of a back-to-back.
  • Patrick Patterson spent almost four full seasons in Toronto with the Raptors before signing with the Thunder in the offseason.
  • Serge Ibaka played his first six seven seasons in the NBA in Oklahoma City.

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

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