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Game Preview #14 | New York Knicks

Zachary Low

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Game #14 - Knicks - Preview Stats

Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back from their loss against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday with a big win against the Phoenix Suns at home on Monday. The Thunder jumped ahead early, and the lead swelled to 28 at one point before the Suns managed to cut it to 7 midway through the fourth. OKC built the lead back up, though, before finishing with the 118-101 win.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the New York Knicks, who are off to yet another rough start. The Knicks, who are 4-10, have won just 1 of their last 5, and that was against a struggling Atlanta Hawks squad. Like the Thunder, the Knicks are not a very good shooting team (27th in FG%, 28th in 3P%), but unfortunately for them, they do not have a good defense like the Thunder does.

Oklahoma City should be able to pick up another win against a non-playoff contender, but once again, the Thunder needs to focus on taking care of the little things, like taking (and hitting) good shots.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Dennis Schröder
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Knicks

  • PG: Frank Ntilikina
  • SG: Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • SF: Damyean Dotson
  • PF: Noah Vonleh
  • C: Mitchell Robinson

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.
  • Russell Westbrook (left ankle sprain) is OUT.

Knicks

  • Courtney Lee (neck spasms) is OUT.
  • Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) is OUT.
  • Lance Thomas (left knee surgery) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 13-6 against the Knicks (8-2 at home, 5-4 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series with the Knicks four times and split it six times.
  • The Thunder has won four of the last five matchups with the Knicks as well as four of the last five games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game Notes

  • Former Thunder player and fan-favorite Enes Kanter will be playing off the bench for the Knicks tonight.
  • The Thunder is 8-2 in their last 10 games, while the Knicks are 3-7.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-2 at home, while New York is 2-5 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 3-1 against the Eastern Conference while New York is 1-1 against the Western Conference.
  • Oklahoma City is 4-2 after one day of rest while New York is 1-1 after two days of rest.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • New York Knicks Official Game Notes

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