Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #57 Preview | New Orleans Pelicans

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Television: TNT, Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder is the hottest team in the NBA right now winning 11 of their last 12, and tonight, they play the struggling Pelicans in New Orleans.

After all of the drama surrounding Anthony Davis, the trade deadline came and went, and Davis is still New Orleans. He finally returned to play, likely due to the Pelicans organization being threatened with fines if he did not play, and New Orleans is 1-2 since his return.

After tonight’s game, the Thunder, or most of them at least, will get to enjoy a little over a week off of basketball thanks to the NBA All-Star Game. There is no better way for OKC to head into the break than with another win and continued momentum.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Patrick Patterson
  • C: Steven Adams

Pelicans

  • PG: Jrue Holiday
  • SG: E’Twaun Moore
  • SF: Kenrich Williams
  • PF: Anthony Davis
  • C: Jahlil Okafor

Injuries

Thunder

  • Jerami Grant (left sprained ankle) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.
  • Dennis Schröder (personal) is QUESTIONABLE.

Pelicans

  • Trevon Bluiett (right thumb surgery) is OUT.
  • Elfrid Payton (right ankle sprain) is QUESTIONABLE.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 24-14 against the Pelicans (14-6 at home, 10-8 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Pelicans 7 times and lost it 3 times.
  • The Thunder lost the season series 1-2 against the Pelicans a year ago (0-1 at home, 1-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 2-1 (2-0 at home, 0-1 on the road) against the Pelicans so far this season.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has won 4 consecutive games while the Pelicans have lost 2 in a row.
  • The Thunder is 9-1 in their last 10 while the Pelicans are 3-7 in their last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 17-12 on the road while New Orleans is 16-11 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 21-14 against the Western Conference while New Orleans is 15-21.
  • The Thunder is 9-2 coming off of two days of rest while New Orleans is 17-18 coming off of one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 5-1 in February (3-0 at home, 2-1 on the road) and the Pelicans are 2-4 in February (1-2 at home, 1-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 4-3 on Thursdays so far this season (3-2 at home, 1-1 on the road) while the Pelicans are 0-2 (0-0 at home, 0-2 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • New Orleans Pelicans Official Game Notes

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