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Game #27 Preview | Denver Nuggets

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 9 PM CT

Location: Pepsi Center (Denver Colorado)

Television: ESPN, Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a disappointing loss in New Orleans on Wednesday as the Pelicans defeated them 118-114. The Thunder played poor interior defense for most of the game, and a season-high 43 three-point attempts were cause for concern.

Tonight, the Thunder takes on the Nuggets in Denver, who are currently first in the West. Despite being the most injured team in the NBA, the Nuggets have been consistent successful on their way to an 18-9 record.

The Thunder is a slight favorite tonight, but Pepsi Center is one of the most challenging arenas in the league for visitors this season. The Nuggets are 10-3 at home and have won 4 consecutive.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Nuggets

  • PG: Jamal Murray
  • SG: Torrey Craig
  • SF: Juancho Hernangomez
  • PF: Nikola Jokic
  • C: Mason Plumlee

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Nuggets

  • Will Barton (right hip/core muscle surgery) is OUT.
  • Gary Harris (right hip injury) is OUT.
  • Paul Millsap (right big toe fracture) is OUT.
  • Jamal Murray (right shin contusion) is PROBABLE.
  • Michael Porter Jr. (lower back surgery) is OUT.
  • Isaiah Thomas (right hip surgery) is OUT.
  • Jarred Vanderbilt (right foot surgery) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 21-19 against the Nuggets (14-8 at home, 7-11 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series with the Nuggets 6 times and lost it 4 times.
  • The Thunder went 1-3 against the Nuggets last season (1-1 at home, 0-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 0-1 (0-1 at home, 0-0 on the road) against the Nuggets so far this season.
  • The Thunder has lost 5 of the last 6 matchups against the Nuggets and 2 consecutive in Denver.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder recently lost to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night, and the Nuggets defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-3 in their last 10 while Denver is 8-2 in their last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-6 on the road while Denver is 10-3 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 8-7 against the Western Conference while Denver is .
  • Oklahoma City is 9-5 after one day of rest while Denver is 9-8 in games after one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 3-2 on Friday night while the Nuggets are 2-2.
  • The Thunder is 3-2 in December while the Nuggets are 3-2.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Denver Nuggets Official Game Notes

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