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Game #7 Preview | Charlotte Hornets

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

Location: Spectrum Center (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Television: FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder picked up their second win of the season on Tuesday against the visiting Los Angeles Clippers to move to 2-4 on the season. After trailing by double digits in the first half, the Thunder outscored the Clippers 39-10 in the third quarter, the largest positive margin in a single quarter in franchise history.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have weathered a fairly difficult scheduled so far, and they sit at 4-4. Kemba Walker leads the Hornets with 30.1 PPG while shooting an impressive 41.4% from three on almost 11 attempts per game.

The point guard matchup between Russell Westbrook and Walker will be the matchup to watch tonight, but the Hornets have a number of other players who have the ability to put up big numbers on any given night.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Hornets

  • PGKemba Walker
  • SG: Nicholas Batum
  • SF: Jeremy Lamb
  • PF: Marvin Williams
  • C: Cody Zeller

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Hornets

  • NONE

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 14-5 against the Hornets (8-2 at home, 6-3 on the road).
  • The Thunder split the season series with the Hornets 1-1 last season.
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the regular season series against the Hornets six times, lost it once, and tied it four times.

Game Notes

  • Oklahoma City is 0-2 on the road, while Charlotte is 2-1 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 0-1 against the Eastern Conference, while this is Charlotte’s first game against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 1-1 so far this season coming off of one day of rest, while Charlotte 2-2 in the same situation.
  • The Thunder’s offense improved statistically after Tuesday’s win over the Clippers, but OKC still ranks 22nd in points per game (108.7), 27th in FG% (42.8%), 30th in 3P% (27.5), and 29th in FT% (66.5%), but defensively the Thunder is T-1st in steals per game (10.8) and 5th in defensive rating (105.0).
  • The Hornets take care of the ball better than any other team in the NBA by averaging only 11.8 turnovers per game.
  • The Hornets also lead the lead in blocks per game (7.3).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Charlotte Hornets Official Game Notes

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