Tip-Off: 6:30 PM CT
Location: Philips Arena (Atlanta, Georgia)
Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal
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The Oklahoma City Thunder enters tonight’s matchup with the Hawks in Atlanta riding a three-game win streak. Their recent success has put them into the fourth spot in the Western Conference, and while they are on the wrong side of several tie breakers, as long as the Thunder can keep winning, they very well could find themselves with homecourt advantage in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
The Atlanta Hawks, on the other hand, have been eliminated from playoff contention, and they appear to be one of several teams who is attempting to tank the rest of the regular season in order to have a better shot at a higher draft spot.
The last meeting between these two teams ended in dramatic fashion at Russell Westbrook hoisted a three at the buzzer to give the Thunder the 120-117 win in Oklahoma City. The Thunder has been playing a better brand of basketball lately, so perhaps tonight’s game won’t be quite as close, and the starters can get some much needed rest with a lot of very tough, very important games coming up.
- PG: Russell Westbrook
- SG: Corey Brewer
- SF: Paul George
- PF: Carmelo Anthony
- C: Steven Adams
- PG: Dennis Schröder
- SG: Tyler Dorsey
- SF: Taurean Prince
- PF: John Collins
- C: Dewayne Dedmon
- Steven Adams (left hip contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.
- Andre Roberson (left patellar surgery) is OUT.
- Dennis Schröder (left elbow sprain) is PROBABLE.
- Isaiah Taylor (left ankle sprain) is PROBABLE.
- Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise) is OUT.
- DeAndre’ Bembry (abdominal strain) is OUT.
- Tyler Cavanaugh (right ankle sprain) is PROBABLE.
- Antonius Cleveland (left ankle surgery rehab) is OUT.
- Malcolm Delaney (left ankle sprain) is OUT.
- Jaylen Moris (left ankle sprain) is OUT.
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 11-7 against the Hawks (6-3 at home, 5-4 on the road).
- In nine seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Hawks three times, lost it twice, and tied four times.
- The Thunder and the Hawks split their two meetings last season.
- Oklahoma City is 1-0 against Atlanta this season (1-0 at home, 0-0 on the road).
- Oklahoma City has won three games in a row, while Atlanta has lost three in a row.
- Oklahoma City is 7-3 in the last 10 games, while Atlanta is 2-8.
- Oklahoma City is 16-18 on the road, while Atlanta is 15-20.
- Oklahoma City is 16-9 against the Eastern Conference, while Atlanta is 11-13 against the Western Conference.
- Oklahoma City is 6-6 on the second night of a back-to-back, while Atlanta is 13-25 in games after one day of rest.
- With 13 games left in the season, the Thunder is currently fourth in the Western Conference, only 2 games back of third, but also only 2 games ahead of the teams in seventh through tenth.
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Article written by Zack Low. Follow @TheThunderGuys on Twitter & Instagram, and like us on Facebook.