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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #73 Preview | Toronto Raptors

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6:30 PM CT

Location: Scotiabank Arena (Toronto, Ontario)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

Wednesday night was an eventful night in Oklahoma City. Prior to tip-off between the Thunder and the visiting Toronto Raptors, the Thunder franchise honored Nick Collison by retiring his jersey and putting it forever in the rafters of Chesapeake Energy Arena. Collison’s speech was moving, and the ceremony was a win, but unfortunately for the Thunder, the game that followed ended in a 123-114 overtime loss.

Tonight, the Thunder plays the Raptors again, but this time on the road in Toronto. The Thunder dropped to 8th in the West after losing to the Raptors, but last night the Utah Jazz dropped a game, which forced a 4-way tie between the Thunder, the Jazz, the Spurs, and the Clippers. The Thunder is the winner of that time, thus boosting them to the 5-seed, despite not winning a game in over a week.

The Thunder needs a win tonight for a lot of reasons: playoff positioning, team/fan morale, and perhaps even some security for Billy Donovan’s job. The Raptors could also use a win tonight as they are just 2 games back of first place in the East.

Regardless of what happens, one thing is for certain: time is running out, and perhaps the Thunder’s chances of advancing past the first round right are disappearing as well.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Raptors

  • PG: Fred VanVleet
  • SG: Danny Green
  • SF: Kawhi Leonard
  • PF: Pascal Siakim
  • C: Marc Gasol

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Heat

  • Kyle Lowry (sprained right ankle) is OUT.

Head to Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 12-8 against the Raptors in the regular season (6-5 at home, 6-3 on the road).
  • In 10 seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Raptors 4 times, lost it once, and tied it 5 times.
  • The Thunder went 2-0 against the Raptors last season (1-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Raptors so far this season (0-1 at home, 0-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 5 of the last 6 games against the Raptors in Toronto.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has lost 4 games in a row while the Raptors have won 2 in a row.
  • The Thunder is 4-6 in the last 10 games while the Raptors are 6-4 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 19-18 on the road while Toronto is 29-7 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 17-9 against the Eastern Conference while Toronto is 21-7 against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 24-19 after one day of rest while the Raptors are 29-14 in the same situation.
  • The Thunder is 7-4 (3-0 at home, 4-4 on the road) on Fridays while the Raptors are 9-5 (7-0 at home, 2-5 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 4-7 (2-3 at home, 2-4 on the road) in March while the Raptors are 6-4 (3-1 at home, 3-3 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 5-10 (3-5 at home, 2-5 on the road) since the All-Star Break while the Raptors are 8-5 (5-2 at home, 3-3 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Toronto Raptors Official Game Notes

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