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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #62 Preview | San Antonio Spurs

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7:30 PM CT

Location: AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas)

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 is hurting after dropping a third consecutive game on Thursday night. This is only the third time this season that the Thunder has lost 3 consecutive games, and since starting the season 0-4, OKC has not lost 4 in a row. Tonight might challenge that stat, however, as the Thunder takes on the Spurs in San Antonio.

The Spurs have lost 7 of their last 9, but the first 8 of those were on the road, and the most recent one was at home, which was a win. San Antonio has one of the best home records in the NBA at 23-7, so the Thunder has their work cut out from them.

In the two matchups so far this season, LaMarcus Aldridge has been the X-factor. When the Spurs won in double overtime in San Antonio, Aldridge went off for 56 points. When the Thunder won 2 days after that in Oklahoma City, Aldridge was held to just 17 points. If the Thunder cannot focus on Aldridge and figure out a way to stop him, they could be in for a long night.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Jerami Grant
  • PF: Markieff Morris
  • C: Steven Adams

Spurs

  • PGBryn Forbes
  • SG: Derrick White
  • SF: DeMar DeRozan
  • PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
  • C: Jakob Poeltl

Injuries

Thunder

  • Paul George (right shoulder soreness) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Spurs

  • Bryn Forbes (right calf contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Dejounte Murray (right knee surgery) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 17-21 against the Spurs in the regular season (12-8 at home, 5-13 away) and 10-8 against them in the playoffs (7-2 at home, 3-6 away).
  • In 10 seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Spurs once, lost it 4 times, and tied 5 times.
  • The Thunder tied the season series last year against the Spurs 2-2 (2-0 at home, 0-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 1-1 against the Spurs so far this season (1-0 at home, 0-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder has lost the last 7 matchups with the Spurs at the AT&T Center.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has lost 3 games in a row while the Spurs most recently defeated the Pistons on Wednesday.
  • The Thunder is 5-5 in the last 10 games, and the Spurs are 3-7 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 17-14 on the road while San Antonio is 23-7 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 22-17 against the Western Conference while San Antonio is 24-19.
  • The Thunder is 22-14 after 1 day of rest while the Spurs are 7-3 after 2 days of rest.
  • The Thunder is 6-3 (4-1 at home, 2-2 on the road) on Saturdays while the Spurs are 7-6 (5-1 at home, 2-5 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • San Antonio Spurs Official Game Notes

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