Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #79 Preview | Detroit Pistons

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: TNT

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder has not won back-to-back games in almost a month, and they have done it only once since the All-Star Break. After Rusell Westbrook put up only the second ever 20-20-20 stat line on Tuesday in a 119-103 victory over the Lakers, the Thunder has a chance to gain some momentum through the final games of the regular season.

Tonight, The Thunder hosts the Detroit Pistons in the final game of a 5-game home stand. OKC is just 2-2 through the first four, and a win tonight would do the boys in blue a world of favors for a number of different reasons.

At 8-13 since the All-Star Break, the Thunder is one of the worst-performing teams over the last 20ish games of the season, and at this point, home court advantage in the playoffs is a vanished dream. Still, if OKC can string together some wins and take some momentum in the playoffs, they just might have a chance to get out of the first round for the first time in 3 years.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Pistons

  • PG: Reggie Jackson
  • SG: Wayne Ellington
  • SF: Bruce Brown
  • PF: Thon Maker
  • C: Andre Drummond

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Pistons

  • Blake Griffin (left knee soreness) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Luke Kennard (right foot soreness) is PROBABLE.
  • Svi Mykhailuk (left index finger fracture) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 15-5 against the Pistons (8-2 at home, 7-3 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Pistons 5 times, lost it 0 times, and tied it 5 times.
  • The Thunder tied the season series 1-1 last year (0-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 1-0 (0-0 at home, 1-0 on the road) against the Pistons so far this season.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder most recently defeated the Lakers on Tuesday night while the Pistons have lost two consecutive games.
  • The Thunder is 3-7 in the last 10 games while the Pistons are 4-6 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 25-14 at home while the Pistons are 14-25 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 19-9 against the Eastern Conference while Detroit is 13-15 against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 10-5 after two day of rest while the Pistons are 20-28 after one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 8-5 (3-1 at home, 5-4 on the road) on Fridays this season while the Pistons are 8-4 (5-1 at home, 3-3 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 8-13 (5-7 at home, 3-6 on the road) since the All-Star Break while the Pistons are 13-9 (8-1 at home, 5-8 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Detroit Pistons Official Game Notes

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