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Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #7 Preview: Orlando Magic

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CDT

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder (2-4) defeated the New Orleans Pelicans handily on Saturday to pick up their second win of the season, and now they host the Orlando Magic (2-4) in the final game of a 3-game home stand.

The Magic have been a young team on the rise for a few years now, and after making the playoffs last year for the first time since 2012, they hoped to continue improving and only move upward. That has not been the case so far, however, as they have started off the season in an even worse situation than the Thunder.

Tonight’s game features two of the best defensively rated teams in the NBA, and while both teams have struggled on offense, the Thunder has the more capable pieces. OKC is favored in the game, but as will likely be the case for the entire season, we shouldn’t count our Thunder chickens before they hatch.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Magic

  • PG: Markelle Fultz
  • SG: Evan Fournier
  • SF: Jonathan Isaac
  • PF: Aaron Gordon
  • C: Nikola Vučević

Injuries

Thunder

  • Steven Adams (left knee contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Nerlens Noel (sprained ankle) is PROBABLE.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Magic

  • Michael Carter-Williams (left hip contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Melvin Frazier Jr. (left shoulder contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.

By the Numbers

  • 28.3: The Orlando Magic’s 3-point %, which is 2nd-worst in the NBA.
  • 93.5: How many points the Orlando Magic averages, which is last in the NBA.
  • 98.2: How many points the Orlando Magic holds opponents to, which is 2nd in the NBA.
  • 41.3: How many points the Orlando Magic gives up in the paint, which is 3rd in the NBA.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 15-7 against the Magic in the regular season (10-1 at home, 5-6 on the road).
  • In 11 seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Magic 5 times, lost it once, and tied it 5 times.
  • The Thunder went 2-0 (1-0 at home, 1-0 on the road) against the Magic last season.
  • The Thunder has won 10 consecutive matchups with the Magic at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game Notes

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