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Game #56 Preview | Los Angeles Lakers

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Tip-Off: 9:30 PM CT

Location: Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Television: TNT, FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

A lot can happen in a few days. On Sunday, the Thunder suffered an embarrassing loss to the Lakers in Oklahoma City, and then on Tuesday, hot off a fourth consecutive loss, the Thunder managed to dominate the Warriors by 20 points in Oakland. Oklahoma City is still figuring out life after Andre Roberson, but Tuesday night was a good sign.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers are on a three-game winning streak, and they have won 11 of their last 15. The Lakers are unlikely to make the playoffs, but if they are able to keep up this level of plays, they may be able to sneak in. Either way, the Thunder needs to come into this game prepared, or they could end the night embarrassed again.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Josh Huestis
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Carmelo Anthony
  • C: Steven Adams

Lakers

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

Injuries

Thunder

  • Russell Westbrook (sprained ankle) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Carmelo Anthony (sprained ankle) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Andre Roberson (rupture left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Lakers

  • Lonzo Ball (sore left knee) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 21-13 against the Lakers (12-5 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 2-1 against the Lakers so far this season.
  • The Thunder has won 12 of the last 14 matchups overall with the Lakers and five of the last six at Staples Center.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City defeated Golden State on Tuesday, while Los Angeles has won three games in a row.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 in the last 10 games, while Los Angeles is also 7-3.
  • Oklahoma City is 12-15 on the road, while Los Angeles is 13-14 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 16-16 against the Western Conference, while Los Angeles is 10-21.
  • Oklahoma City is 18-15 in games coming off of one day of rest, while Los Angeles is 16-18 in the same situation.

Be sure to check out this week’s 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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