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Game #9 Preview | New Orleans Pelicans

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: ESPN, FSOK

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the Washington Wizards on Friday night to move to 4-4, and now they try to get above .500 for the first time all season as they host the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.

After a hot 4-0 start, the Pelicans have lost their last five games, and a big part of that has been due to Anthony Davis dealing with an elbow injury. It doesn’t help that New Orleans has faced a particularly tough string of teams, and now they come to Oklahoma City to face a Thunder squad that has gradually heated up over the last couple of weeks.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Pelicans

  • PGJrue Holiday
  • SG: E’Twaun Moore
  • SF: Wesley Johnson
  • PF: Nikola Mirotic
  • C: Anthony Davis

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Pelicans

  • Elfrid Payton (right ankle sprain) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder are 22-13 against the Pelicans (12-6 at home, 10-7 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Pelicans seven times and lost it three times.
  • The Thunder lost the season series 1-2 against the Pelicans a year ago (0-1 at home, 1-1 on the road).
  • Jerami Grant grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against the Pelicans on February 2, 2018 in Oklahoma City.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder is on a four-game winning streak, while the Pelicans are on a five-game losing streak.
  • Oklahoma City is 2-2 at home while New Orleans is 1-4 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 2-3 against the Western Conference while New Orleans is 3-5.
  • The Thunder is 1-1 coming off two days of rest while Washington is coming off two days of rest for the first time all season.
  • The Thunder continue to be one of the worst shooting teams in the NBA shooting 42.8% from the field (27th), 26.5% from three (30th), and 67.3% from the free throw line (28th).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • New Orleans Pelicans Official Game Notes

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