Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #81 Preview | Houston Rockets

Zachary Low


Tip-Off: 8:30 PM CT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: TNT and Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

For the first since before the All-Star Break, the Oklahoma City Thunder has won 3 consecutive games, and it appears as if they are building some momentum as the end of the regular season draws near.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena, and the Rockets know a thing or two about momentum. Since the All-Star Break, Houston has gone 20-4 as one of the hottest teams in the last leg of the season.

The Thunder is 2-1 against the Rockets so far this season, but Houston has been playing much better basketball for quite some time now. This game has serious playoff seeding implications, so OKC needs to get out to a strong start and take care of business in the regular season home finale.

Projected Starters


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


  • PGChris Paul
  • SG: James Harden
  • SF: Eric Gordon
  • PF: P.J. Tucker
  • C: Clint Capela



  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.


  • NONE


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 18-21 against the Rockets (12-8 at home, 6-13 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Rockets 4 times, lost it 4 times, and tied 2 times.
  • The Thunder won the regular season with the Rockets last year 2-1 (1-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 2-1 against the Rockets so far this season (1-0 at home, 1-1 on the road).

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has won 3 consecutive games while the Rockets have won 6 in a row.
  • The Thunder is 5-5 in the last 10 games while the Rockets are also 8-2 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 26-14 at home while Houston is 22-18 on the road.
  • Oklahoma City is 27-24 against the Western Conference while Houston is 32-19.
  • The Thunder is 28-21 after one day of rest while the Rockets are 35-16 after one day of rest.
  • The Thunder is 5-6 (4-1 at home, 1-5 on the road) on Tuesdays this season while the Rockets are 6-3 (2-2 at home, 4-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 10-13 (6-7 at home, 4-6 on the road) since the All-Star Break while the Rockets are 20-4 (11-1 at home, 9-3 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Houston Rockets Official Game Notes

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