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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #68 Preview | Brooklyn Nets

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

A lot has happened over the last couple of days, and not all of it has been basketball, but now that punishments have been handed out for the incident on Monday night between Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan, it’s time to refocus on finishing out the regular season in full force.

The Thunder picked up a win over the Jazz in Utah on Monday, and for the first time in what seemed like forever, OKC played incredible defense and held an opponent to below 100 points. Tonight, the Thunder returns home after a four-game road trip as they host the Brooklyn Nets.

After the last game between these two teams, a 114-112 victory for the Thunder in Brooklyn, the Nets ran off 7 straight wins, and they now sit at 6th in the East with a 36-33 record.

The Thunder is in the process of trying to fight back to the 3-seed in the West while the Nets have very little hopes of climbing to the 5 spot in the East. Still, Brooklyn wants to maintain their 6-seed, and the Thunder cannot afford the risk of dropping any lower in the Western Conference standings, so tonight’s game is one of playoff implications.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Nets

  • PG: D’Angelo Russell
  • SG: Allen Crabbe
  • SF: Joe Harris
  • PF: Rodions Kurucs
  • C: Jarrett Allen

Injuries

Thunder

  • Markieff Morris (neck soreness) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Nets

  • DeMarre Carrol (hyperextended left knee) is OUT.
  • Treveon Graham (back soreness) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 13-7 against the Nets (6-3 at home, 7-4 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Nets 4 times, lost it once, and tied 5 times.
  • The Thunder has won 4 of the last 5 matchups with the Nets.
  • The Thunder has won 3 consecutive games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder picked up a 98-89 win over the Jazz in Utah on Monday while the Nets are on a 4-game winning streak
  • The Thunder is 4-6 in the last 10 games while the Nets are 6-4 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 22-9 at home while Brooklyn is 15-17 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 16-6 against the Eastern Conference while Brooklyn is 11-13 against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 23-16 in games after one day of rest while the Nets are 24-19 after one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 7-1 (2-0 at home, 5-1 on the road) on Wednesdays while the Nets are 12-6 (7-4 at home, 5-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 3-3 (1-0 at home, 2-3 on the road) in March while the Nets are 4-2 (3-1 at home, 1-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 4-6 (2-2 at home, 2-4 on the road) since the All-Star Break while the Nets are 6-4 (4-3 at home, 2-1 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Brooklyn Nets Official Game Notes

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