Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #38: Rockets

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 8:30 PM CDT

Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: TNT

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

The Oklahoma City Thunder (21-16) picked up their fourth overtime victory of the season on Tuesday when they defeated the Brooklyn Nets (16-20) 111-103.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the Houston Rockets (25-11) as former Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook makes his return to the city that drafted him.

Tonight’s game will carry plenty of emotion prior to tip-off, but once the game starts, it needs to be all business if OKC wants a chance to win. The Rockets are currently 3rd in the Western Conference, and they think they can finish the season even better than that. The Thunder is planted firmly in 7th, but there is a chance they could creep even higher than that.

The Rockets have one of the top offenses in the NBA, averaging a league-high 119.4 points per game. Their defense isn’t great, but Houston’s ability to score points in bunches could be a problem for OKC.

In the first matchup between these two teams, the Rockets managed to pull out a 2-point victory in Houston, but that was early in the season, and a lot has changed since then. The Thunder is one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, and if they can control the chaos of the emotions surrounding Russell Westbrook’s return, OKC could very well could finish the night on top.

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

  • 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 (left sprained ankle) IS OUT.
  • Justin Patton (G League Assignment) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Rockets

  • Michael Frasier (G League; two-way) is OUT.
  • Gerald Green (left cuneiform fracture) is OUT.
  • Nene (left adductor strain) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 19-22 against the Rockets (13-8 at home, 6-14 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).
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Rockets so far this season (0-0 at home, 0-1 on the road).

Game Notes

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