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Game #48 Preview | Washington Wizards

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: TNT

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

With under 10 seconds to play on Tuesday, Russell Westbrook put in a layup to seal what was perhaps the most exciting Thunder game as of late in a 109-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Oklahoma City did not play particularly well, but the second unit helped spark a comeback, and defense did a good enough job down the stretch to win the game. The Thunder now sits at 27-20, the best win percentage of the season for Oklahoma City, and they want to keep things rolling against a formidable Eastern Conference foe tonight.

The Washington Wizards have been what many would consider a letdown so far this season. Their 25-21 record is hardly indicative of what they are capable, much like the Thunder, and rumors have been swirling that they are having locker room issues. The Wizards have had some good wins this season, but silly mistakes, like Monday’s loss to the Mavericks in Dallas, have cost them position in the playoff standings.

Tonight’s matchup should be an exciting one that features two of the league’s most talented backcourts. If Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, and Paul George can contain John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter, Jr., then the Thunder should have no problem picking up another win in the front of the home crowd. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Steven Adams will need to rebound from a poor performance on Tuesday where he shot 3/12 (25%) from the floor, tied for his worst shooting night of the season.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Wizards

  • PG: John Wall
  • SG: Bradley Beal
  • SF: Otto Porter, Jr.
  • PF: Markieff Morris
  • C: Marcin Gortat

Injuries

Thunder

  • None

Wizards

  • Sheldon Mac (left achilles surgery) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 12-5 against the Wizards (8-0 at home, 4-5 on the road).
  • In nine seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Wizards four times, lost it once, and tied four times.
  • The Thunder has won five of the last six games against the Wizards.
  • Steven Adams grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against the Wizards in Washington on January 21, 2015.
  • The Thunder and the Wizards will meet again on Tuesday, January 30th, in Washington.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City has won five games in a row, which is the longest active win streak in the NBA, while Washington lost to the Mavericks in Dallas on Monday.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 in the last 10 games, while Washington is 5-5.
  • Oklahoma City is 17-7 at home, while Washington is 11-12 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 12-7 against the Eastern Conference, while Washington is 12-9 against the Western Conference.
  • Oklahoma City is 15-12 in games coming off one day of rest, while Washington is 3-6 coming off two days of rest.

Be sure to check out our latest episode of “Thunder Things with the Thunder Guys.”

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

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