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Game #20 Preview | Cleveland Cavaliers

Zachary Low

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Game #20 - Cavs - 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 fell behind early against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, and despite their best efforts, a comeback was not in the stars. Even after the loss, the Thunder is still within striking range of the top of the Western Conference, and a win  tonight against the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers would be a good move in the right direction.

The Thunder easily handled the Cavs in Cleveland three weeks ago, and since then, the Cavs have won 3 of their last 8, including their last two. Cleveland is still one of the worst teams in the East and the entire NBA, but they have recent wins against the 76ers and the Rockets on their résumé, so the Thunder needs to treat this game as seriously as any other game.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Cavaliers

  • PGCollin Sexton
  • SG: Rodney Hood
  • SF: Cedi Osman
  • PF: Larry Nance Jr.
  • C: Tristan Thompson

Injuries

Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo (left ankle sprain) is OUT.
  • Terrance Ferguson (left ankle sprain) is OUT.
  • Nerlens Noel (left calf contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Cavaliers

  • Sam Dekker (left ankle sprain) is OUT.
  • George Hill (right shoulder sprain) is OUT.
  • Kevin Love (left foot surgery) is OUT.
  • David Nwaba (right knee soreness) is OUT.
  • J.R. Smith (personal) is NOT WITH TEAM.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 8-12 against the Cavs (4-6 at home, 4-6 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Cavs once, lost four times, and tied five times.
  • The Thunder split the season series with the Cavs 1-1 a year ago. (0-1 at home, 1-0 on the road)
  • The Thunder has won 3 of the last 4 games against the Cavs.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder lost to the Nuggets on Saturday, and the Cavs lost to the Timberwolves on Monday.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 in their last 10 while Cleveland is 3-7 in their last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 at home while Cleveland is 1-8 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-1 against the Eastern Conference while Cleveland is 1-5 against the Western Conference.
  • Oklahoma City is 0-1 after three days of rest while Cleveland is 1-9 after one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 3-0 on Wednesday night while the Cavs are 0-4 on Wednesday night.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Cleveland Cavaliers Official Game Notes

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