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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #65 Preview | Portland Trail Blazers

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 9:30 PM CT

Location: Moda Center (Portland, Oregon)

Television: TNT

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder kicked off their 4-game road trip with a loss on Tuesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves, giving them just one win in their last 6 games, and tonight they take on the Trail Blazers in Portland.

The Thunder and the Blazers have met 3 times already this season, and each time, the Thunder has come out victorious. OKC has seen a major drop-off in defense lately, however, which needs to be the key focus tonight.

If the Thunder backcourt cannot stop Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, specifically from the three-point line, it could be a long night for the boys in blue.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Trail Blazers

  • PGDamian Lillard
  • SG: CJ McCollum
  • SF: Maurice Harkless
  • PF: Al-Farouq Aminu
  • C: Jusuf Nurkic

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Trail Blazers

  • Evan Turner (personal reasons) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 21-22 against the Trail Blazers (13-9 at home, 8-13 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Trail Blazers 3 times, lost it 5 times, and tied twice.
  • The Thunder lost all 4 games against the Blazers a season ago by an average of 6.5 points.
  • The Thunder is 3-0 against the Blazers so far this season (2-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder defeated the Blazers at the Moda Center in Portland on January 4th for the first time in 9 tries.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder most recently lost to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Tuesday while the Blazers most recently lost to the Grizzlies in Memphis.
  • The Thunder is 4-6 in the last 10 games while the Blazers are 6-4 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 17-16 on the road while Portland is 24-8 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 23-19 against the Western Conference while Portland is 20-20.
  • The Thunder is 22-16 after one day of rest while the Blazers are 27-15 after one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 4-5 (3-3 at home, 1-2 on the road) on Thursdays while the Blazers are 9-0 (5-0 at home, 4-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 1-2 (1-0 at home, 0-2 on the road) in March while the Blazers are 1-2 (0-0 at home, 1-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 2-5 (2-2 at home, 0-3 on the road) since the All-Star Break while the Blazers are 5-2 (0-0 at home, 5-2 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Portland Trail Blazers Official Game Notes

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