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Game #22 Preview | Detroit Pistons

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

Location: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, Michigan)

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 took care of the Atlanta Hawks easily on Friday night, and they are drawing nearer and nearer to the top of the Western Conference. At 14-7, the Thunder is just one win back from being tied for the best record in the conference, and they have a good chance to move up tonight as they play the Pistons in Detroit.

The Pistons are on a roll right now winning their last 5 games, including a 111-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. Detroit is currently 4th in the East with a 13-7 record, and they are playing their basketball of the season right now.

The Thunder is a slight favorite in tonight’s game, despite playing on the road, and a win tonight would look nice considering the easy week OKC has ahead. Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo are on the brink of returning, which is good news for OKC, especially in light of Andre Roberson suffering a setback that has delayed his return even further.

Regardless of who plays tonight, OKC has the talent to get the win on the road, but they will need to play their best from start to finish.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Alex Abrines
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Pistons

  • PGReggie Jackson
  • SG: Reggie Bullock
  • SF: Glenn Robinson III
  • PF: Blake Griffin
  • C: Andre Drummond

Injuries

Thunder

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

Pistons

  • NONE

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 14-5 against the Pistons (8-2 at home, 6-3 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Hawks 3 times, lost it twice, and tied 5 times.
  • The Thunder tied the season series 1-1 last year (0-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has won 2 consecutive games while the Pistons have won 5 consecutive games.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 in their last 10 while Detroit is 8-2 in their last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 5-4 on the road while Detroit is 9-3 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-1 against the Eastern Conference while Detroit is 3-1 against the Western Conference.
  • Oklahoma City is 3-1 after two days of rest while Detroit is 8-3 after one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 2-1 on Monday night while the Pistons are 1-1 on Monday night.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Detroit Pistons Official Game Notes

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