Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #30 Preview: Grizzlies

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 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 (15-14) is a riding a 4-game win streak, the longest of the season and tied for the longest active winning streak in the NBA, and they have not played in 4 days. Tonight, they host the Memphis Grizzlies (11-20), who they just played a little over a week ago in OKC.

In that first game against Memphis, the Grizzlies held a 24-point lead midway through the third quarter, but OKC was able to rally and win 126-122. Tonight, the Thunder should be aware of the abilities of the young talent that the Grizzlies carry.

Between the young superstar talent of Ja Morant and the veteran presence down low in Jonas Valanciunas, the Grizzlies are a team capable of competing. Still, they have lost their 3 of their last 4, and they are just 5-8 on the road.

The Thunder needs to start off strong as opposed to the slow start that they had the last time these two teams met. If OKC can look to Steven Adams down low early in the game, they should win comfortably.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Grizzlies

  • PG: Ja Morant
  • SG: Dillon Brooks
  • SF: Jae Crowder
  • PF: Jaren Jackson Jr.
  • C: Jonas Valančiūnas

Injuries

Thunder

  • Hamidou Diallo (hyperextended right elbow, sprain) is OUT.
  • Luguentz Dort (G-League Assignment) is OUT.
  • Danilo Gallinari (left ankle soreness) is OUT.
  • Justin Patton (G-League Assignment) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Grizzlies

  • Andre Iguodala (not with team) is OUT.
  • Josh Jackson (G-League Assignment) is OUT.
  • John Konchar (G-League Assignment) is OUT.
  • Yuta Watanabe (G-League Assignment) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 26-15 against the Grizzlies (16-5 at home, 10-10 on the road) in the regular season and 9-10 in the playoffs (6-5 at home, 3-5 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Grizzlies 8 times and lost 3 times.
  • The Thunder went 2-1 against the Grizzlies last season (2-0 at home, 0-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 9 consecutive games against the Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
  • The Thunder is 1-0 against the Grizzlies so far this season (1-0 at home, 0-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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