Game #54 Preview | Los Angeles Lakers

Tip-Off: 1 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

Television: ABC

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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The last time the Oklahoma City Thunder lost three consecutive games, they proceeded to go on an eight-game winning streak. Right now, the Thunder desperately need a win of any sort as they are on the brink of dropping in the Western Conference standings. Just a week ago, they were on the brink of breaking into the top four, and now they are on the brink of descending all the way to seventh place.

The Los Angeles Lakers, while still on the outside looking in when it comes to playoff contention, continue to draw interest due to their youthful potential. The Lakers have won five of their last seven, including victories over the Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers.

The Thunder has had no problem with the Lakers so far this season, winning by an average of 30.5 points per game. Sunday afternoon matchups can be dangerous due to the odd tip-off time, but as long as Oklahoma City can take care of business, they should have no issue with beating Los Angeles once again.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Carmelo Anthony
  • C: Steven Adams


  • PG: Josh Hart
  • SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • SF: Brandon Ingram
  • PF: Julius Randle
  • C: Brook Lopez



  • Andre Roberson (rupture left patellar tendon) is OUT.


  • Lonzo Ball (sore left knee) is OUT.
  • Brandon Ingram (right groin tightness) is QUESTIONABLE.


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 21-12 against the Lakers (12-4 at home, 9-8 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Lakers six times and lost three times.
  • The Thunder is 2-0 against the Lakers so far this season.
  • The Thunder has won 12 of the last 13\ matchups overall with the Lakers and 11 straight home games against the Lakers.
  • Terrance Ferguson recorded a career-high 24 points in 33 minutes against the Lakers in Los Angeles on January 3rd.
  • The Thunder shot a season-high 60.2% from the field and recorded a season-high 36 assists against the Lakers in Los Angeles on January 3rd.
  • The Lakers recorded a season-low 30 rebounds against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on January 17th.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City has lost three games in a row, while Los Angeles recently beat the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 in the last 10 games, while Los Angeles is 6-4.
  • Oklahoma City is 19-8 at home, while Los Angeles is 8-17 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 15-15 against the Western Conference, while Los Angeles is 8-21.
  • Oklahoma City is 17-14 in games coming off of one day of rest, while Los Angeles is 14-18 in the same situation.

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

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