Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #56 Preview: Nuggets

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 8 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

It’s been 8 long days since the Oklahoma City Thunder (33-22) last played a basketball game, but the All-Star Break has come and gone, and now it’s time to buckle in for the remaining 27 games of the season.

Tonight, the Thunder hosts the Denver Nuggets (38-17). The Nuggets are currently at number 2 in the Western Conference standings, and they have won 7 of their last 10 games.

The last time these two teams met was on December 14th in Denver, and it was the Nuggets that came away with a 110-102 victory. The Nuggets are no joke, and they are 9-0 in the Northwest Division, where OKC is just 6-4. Still, the Thunder has proven for a few months now that they can compete with the league’s top teams, so this matchup should be a good one.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Nuggets

  • PG: Jamal Murray
  • SG: Gary Harris
  • SF: Torrey Craig
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Nikola Jokic

Injuries

Thunder

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

Nuggets

  • Will Barton (right knee inflammation) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Bol Bol (left knee injury management ) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 21-23 against the Nuggets (14-9 at home, 7-14 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series with the Nuggets 6 times and lost it 5 times.
  • The Thunder went 0-4 (0-2 at home, 0-2 on the road) against the Nuggets last season.
  • The Thunder has lost 9 of the last 10 matchups against the Nuggets overall, including 3 straight in OKC.
  • The Thunder is 0-1 (0-0 at home, 0-1 on the road) against the Nuggets so far this season.

Game Notes

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