Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #10 Preview: Bucks

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

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 (4-5) defeated the Golden State Warriors (2-8) last night 114-108 in a near meltdown. The Thunder led by 23 in the first half, but D’Angelo Russell carried the Warriors back, and it was all tied up headed into the 4th quarter. OKC settled down and was able to hold on for the win, and now they face off against one of the best teams in the NBA.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks (6-3) in the second game of a back-to-back at home. The Bucks last lost on a buzzer beater to the Jazz in Utah on Friday, so they are coming in with a day’s worth of rest and a win on their minds.

Milwaukee has had a tough schedule through their first 9 games with only one of their matchups against a team that would not be considered a probable playoff team. With that in mind, the Thunder has to play their best basketball if they want to have a chance to pull off the upset.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Bucks

  • PG: Eric Bledsoe
  • SG: Wesley Matthews
  • SF: Khris Middleton
  • PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • C: Brook Lopez

Injuries

Thunder

  • Steven Adams (left knee contusion) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Bucks

  • Dragan Bender (G League Assignment) is OUT.
  • Kyle Korver (head contusion) is OUT.

By the Numbers

  • 119.8: Average number of points scored by the Bucks (3rd in the NBA)
  • 103.8: Average number of points allowed by the Thunder (6th in the NBA)
  • 52.1: Number of rebounds per game by the Bucks (1st in the NBA)
  • 37.0: Percent of made threes by the Thunder (9th in the NBA)
  • 18.4: Average number of fast break points per game by the Bucks (2nd in the NBA)
  • 10.4: Average number of fast break points allowed per game by the Thunder (4th in the NBA)

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 13-8 against the Bucks in the regular season (6-4 at home, 7-4 on the road).
  • In 11 seasons, the Thunder has won the season series with the Bucks 4 times, lost it once, and tied it 6 times.
  • The Thunder won the season series 2-0 last year (1-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 7 of the last 9 matchups with the Bucks.

Game Notes

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