Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #55 Preview: Pelicans

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Smoothie King Arena (New Orleans, Louisiana)

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 (32-22) has lost two consecutive games for the first time in a month after dropping a 114-106 loss to the San Antonio Spurs (23-31) on Tuesday, but tonight they look to get back on track as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans (23-31).

The Thunder has won 7 straight on the road, and tonight they will look to match a franchise record of 8 consecutive road wins. The Pelicans have had a tough year full of injuries, but they are nearing full strength at this point in the season.

The Pelicans have won 6 of their last 8, and they have been playing much better since Zion Williamson made his debut on January 15th. OKC will have a tough matchup with Williamson in particular, but the Pelicans have plenty of experience in their backcourt as well.

The Thunder cannot afford to come out flat tonight like they did on Tuesday against the Spurs. If they get down early, it could be a long night. A win headed into All-Star Weekend would be a nice relief as the break will allow the team to rest, recover, and regroup.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Pelicans

  • PG: Jrue Holiday
  • SG: Lonzo Ball
  • SF: Josh Hart
  • PF: Zion Williamson
  • C: Derrick Favors

Injuries

Thunder

  • Darius Bazley (right knee bone bruise) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Pelicans

  • Zylan Cheatham (G League; two-way)
  • Josh Gray (G League; two-way)
  • Brandon Ingram (right ankle sprain) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Darius Miller (right achilles surgery) is OUT.
  • Kenrich Williams (right lower back soreness) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 27-15 against the Pelicans (16-6 at home, 11-9 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Pelicans 7 times, tied it once, and lost it 3 times.
  • The Thunder tied the season series 2-2 against the Pelicans a year ago (2-0 at home, 0-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 3-0 against the Pelicans so far this season (2-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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