Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #62 Preview: Pistons

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6 PM CT

Location: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, Michigan)

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 (37-24) lost a second consecutive game last night as they fell 109-94 to the Los Angeles Clippers (42-19). The offense struggled to hit shots, and turnovers allowed the Clippers to score in transition.

Tonight, the Thunder kicks off a 3-game road trip as they take on the Detroit Pistons (20-42). The Pistons have had a tough season, in large part due to injuries, and they have won just 1 game since these teams last met, a 108-101 victory for the Thunder.

OKC is coming off two tough losses against two of the NBA’s best teams, so a big win against a lesser squad would be a good way to rebound and move on to the next one. The Thunder is the better team in basically every facet of the game, so they need to focus on the little things like taking care of the ball and taking good shots, and they should be just fine.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Pistons

  • PG: Derrick Walton Jr.
  • SG: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
  • SF: Tony Snell
  • PF: Christian Wood
  • C: John Henson

Injuries

Thunder

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

Pistons

  • Bruce Brown (left knee contusion) is DOUBTFUL.
  • Sekou Doumbouya (right lower leg soreness) is PROBABLE.
  • Blake Griffin (left knee surgery) is OUT.
  • Luke Kennard (bilateral knee tendinitis) is OUT.
  • Brandon Knight (right quad strain) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Thon Maker (right foot sprain) is PROBABLE.
  • Derrick Rose (right ankle sprain) is OUT.
  • Christian Wood (right foot sprain) is PROBABLE.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 17-5 against the Pistons (10-2 at home, 7-3 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Pistons 6 times, lost it 0 times, and tied it 5 times.
  • The Thunder won the season series 2-0 last year (1-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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