Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder| Game #4 Preview: Houston Rockets

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CDT

Location: Toyota Center (Houston, Texas)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off quite the win on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Golden State Warriors 120-92 at home. The Thunder offense looked much improved, and the defense was about as impressive as it has looked in quite some time.

Tonight, the Thunder plays the Rockets in Houston. This is the first time that the Thunder will face the Rockets since Russell Westbrook was traded to Houston over the summer, and it is also Chris Paul’s return to Houston.

The Rockets, like a lot of teams around the league, have experienced some growing pains, but they have maintained high expectations, even in the midst of hefty competition.

Tonight, the Thunder is a double-digit road underdog for the second time already this season. Like in Utah last Wednesday, OKC needs to do what they can to stick around, and who knows, maybe they’ll put themselves in a place with a chance to win the game.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SF: Terrance Ferguson
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Rockets

  • PG: Russell Westbrook
  • SG: James Harden
  • SF: Danuel House
  • PF: P.J. Tucker
  • C: Clint Capela

Injuries

Thunder

  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Rockets

  • Michael Frasier (right ankle sprain) is OUT.
  • Gerald Green (left foot injury) is OUT.
  • Nene (adductor) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 19-21 against the Rockets (13-8 at home, 6-13 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Rockets 5 times, lost it 4 times, and tied 2 times.
  • The Thunder won the regular season with the Rockets last year 3-1 (2-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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