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Game #76 Preview | Denver Nuggets

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 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

After an embarrassing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder rebounded with a 107-99 win at home against the Indiana Pacers. The regular season is winding down, playoff positions are being filled, and tonight, the Thunder hosts the Denver Nuggets.

The Thunder and the Nuggets were neck-and-neck for the two-seed in the West for a portion of the season, but Denver has maintained their status in the conference while OKC has fallen. The Thunder’s playoff spot has yet to be determined, and while they still hope to grab home court advantage, the chances are vanishing, so every game counts.

A win tonight could be significantly more challenging if Paul George, who is listed as questionable with left shoulder soreness, has to sit out, so the Thunder will need to start off strong and play well from start to finish.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Nuggets

  • PG: Jamal Murray
  • SG: Gary Harris
  • SF: Will Barton
  • PF: Paul Millsap
  • C: Nikola Jokić

Injuries

Thunder

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

Nuggets

  • Trey Lyles (left hamstring strain) is OUT.
  • Michael Porter Jr. (lower back surgery) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 21-21 against the Nuggets (14-8 at home, 7-13 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series with the Nuggets 6 times and lost it 4 times.
  • The Thunder went 1-3 against the Nuggets last season (1-1 at home, 0-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 0-3 (0-1 at home, 0-2 on the road) against the Nuggets so far this season.
  • The Thunder has lost 7 of the last 8 matchups against the Nuggets and 3 of the last 4 in Oklahoma City.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder most recently defeated the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night while the Nuggets lost to the Rockets in Houston last night.
  • The Thunder is 4-6 in the last 10 games while the Nuggets are 7-3 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 24-12 at home while the Nuggets are 19-18 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 25-22 against the Western Conference while Denver is 30-15 against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 26-19 after one day of rest while the Nuggets are 7-4 in the second game of a back-to-back.
  • The Thunder is 8-4 (3-0 at home, 5-4 on the road) on Friday while the Nuggets are 8-4 (5-1 at home, 3-3 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 6-8 (3-3 at home, 3-5 on the road) in March while the Nuggets are 8-4 (4-1 at home, 4-3 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 7-11 (4-5 at home, 3-6 on the road) since the All-Star Break while the Nuggets are 10-5 (6-1 at home, 1-8 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Denver Nuggets Official Game Notes

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