Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #37 Preview: Nets

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6:30 PM CT

Location: Barclays Center (Brooklyn, New York)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma, NBA TV

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder (20-16) saw their 5-game winning streak come to an end Monday night as they dropped a 120-113 decision on the road to the Philadelphia 76ers (24-14). Philly had the hot hand from deep (13-of-26 from 3), and the Thunder could not knock down free throws down the stretch.

Tonight, the Thunder finishes off a 4-game road trip against the Brooklyn Nets (16-19) who dropped a 101-89 decision to the Orland Magic (17-20) Monday night as well. The Nets are riding an NBA-long 6-game losing streak, and they haven’t won at Barclays since beating the Philadelphia 76ers (24-14) on December 15th.

Brooklyn has dealt with injuries all season long, but as was the case last night in Philly, a team on a losing streak that is both desperate for a win and playing in front of the home crowd can be dangerous. OKC needs to outgun Brooklyn’s starting 5 from the start, but if the Thunder allows the Nets to shoot threes at a high percentage like the 76ers did last night, it could be a long game.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Nets

  • PG: Spencer Dinwiddie
  • SG: Garrett Temple
  • SF: Joe Harris
  • PF: Taurean Prince
  • C: Jarrett Allen

Injuries

Thunder

  • Luguentz Dort (G League; two-way) is OUT.
  • Danilo Gallinari (right calf contusion) is OUT.
  • Kevin Hervey (G League; two-way) is OUT.
  • Nerlens Noel (sprained ankle) IS OUT.
  • Justin Patton (G League Assignment) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Nets

  • Chris Chiozza (G League, Two-Way) is OUT.
  • Kevin Durant (right achilles rehab) is OUT.
  • Kyrie Irving (right shoulder impingement) is OUT.
  • Caris LeVert (right thumb surgery, injury management) is AVAILABLE.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 14-7 against the Nets (7-3 at home, 7-4 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Nets 5 times, lost it once, and tied 5 times.
  • The Thunder has won 5 of the last 6 matchups with the Nets.

Game Notes

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