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Game #82 Preview | Milwaukee Bucks

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

Paul George did the unthinkable last night when he hit a go-ahead three-point shot with 1.8 seconds left to give the Oklahoma City Thunder the 112-111 victory over the Houston Rockets.

The win was big for a lot of reasons—momentum being one of them—and all of a sudden, OKC is in a good position to pick up a favorable first-round matchup. Before that can happen, however, the Thunder needs to take care of business in the final game of the regular season.

Tonight, the Thunder plays the Milwaukee Bucks on the road. The Bucks are the league’s best team by record, and they locked up the 1-seed in the East several games ago, so they are resting some players ahead of tonight’s matchup. On that basis alone, OKC should be able to leave Milwaukee with the victory, but the Thunder needs to maintain the same effort and level of play that they have found over the last few games.

If the Thunder can take care of business early tonight, perhaps some starters can get some rest, and OKC can head into the playoffs with the momentum they so desperately need if they want to make it out of the first round and beyond.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: Dennis Schröder
  • SF: Terrance Ferguson
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Bucks

  • PGEric Bledsoe
  • SG: Sterling Brown
  • SF: Khris Middleton
  • PF: Ersan Ilyasova
  • C: D.J. Wilson

Injuries

Thunder

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

Bucks

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf soreness, load management) is OUT.
  • Malcolm Brogdon (right foot plantar fascia) is OUT.
  • Pat Connaughton (left ankle sprain) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Donte DiVincenzo (bilateral heel bursitis) is OUT.
  • Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) is OUT.
  • Brook Lopez (rest) is OUT.
  • Nikola Mirotic (left thumb sprain/fracture) is OUT.
  • Tony Snell (left ankle sprain) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 12-8 against the Bucks in the regular season (6-4 at home, 6-4 on the road).
  • In 10 seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Bucks 3 times, lost it once, and tied it 6 times.
  • The Thunder split the season series 1-1 last year (0-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 6 of the last 8 matchups with the Bucks.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has won 4 consecutive games while the Bucks most recently defeated the Hawks on Sunday.
  • The Thunder is 6-4 in the last 10 games while the Bucks are also 7-3 in the last 10.
  • Oklahoma City is 21-19 on the road while Milwaukee is 33-7 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 20-9 against the Eastern Conference while Milwaukee is 20-9 against the Western Conference.
  • The Thunder is 6-5 in the second game of a back-to-back while the Bucks are 11-4 after two days of rest.
  • The Thunder is 9-2 (4-1 at home, 5-1 on the road) on Wednesday this season while the Bucks are 11-3 (6-1 at home, 5-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 11-13 (7-7 at home, 4-6 on the road) since the All-Star Break while the Bucks are 17-7 (10-2 at home, 7-5 on the road).
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Milwaukee Bucks Official Game Notes

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