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OKC Thunder | Game #48 Preview: Mavericks

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 (28-19) picked up a 113-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves (15-31) on Saturday to match a season-high win streak of 5 consecutive games. They have also won 9 of their last 10 on the road, something that has only done just one other time in franchise history.

Tonight, the Thunder is back at home as they host the Dallas Mavericks (28-17). The Thunder and the Mavs are separated by just 2 games in the loss column in the Western Conference standings, and tonight’s matchup could have tie-breaker implications come playoffs.

The Mavericks are adjusting to their current roster now that Dwight Powell has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a torn achilles tendon in his right leg, but the newly acquired Willie Cauley-Stein will likely make his debut tonight.

The Thunder is dealing with injuries of their own. Nerlens Noel had facial surgery to repair the zygomatic arch in his left cheek on Saturday, and although Steven Adams is not listed on the most recent injury report, he did not look 100% against Minnesota. OKC won’t miss either player too much if they are both forced to sit as the Mavericks don’t have a true center right now anyway.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Dennis Schröder
  • SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Mavericks

  • PG: Luka Dončić
  • SG: Seth Curry
  • SF: Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
  • C: Kristaps Porzingis

Injuries

Thunder

  • Terrance Ferguson (personal reasons) is OUT.
  • Abdel Nader (left ankle sprain) is OUT.
  • Nerlens Noel (facial surgery, zygomatic arch) is AVAILABLE.
  • Chris Paul (personal reasons) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Mavericks

  • Ryan Broekhoff (left fibula fracture) is PROBABLE.
  • Dwight Powell (right achilles tendon rupture) is OUT.
  • Josh Reaves (G League; two-way) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 23-18 against the Mavericks in the regular season (14-7 at home, 9-11 on the road) and 9-5 in the playoffs (4-3 at home, 5-2 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Mavericks 4 times, lost 5 times, and tied twice.
  • The Thunder is 1-0 against the Mavericks so far this season (1-0 at home, 0-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 6 of the last 8 matchups with the Mavericks at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Game Notes

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