Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #63 Preview: Knicks

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 6:30 PM CT

Location: Madison Square Garden (New York City, New York)

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 (38-24) was able to shake off consecutive losses by defeating the Detroit Pistons (20-43) on the second night of a back-to-back on Wednesday night.

Tonight, the Thunder continues their road trip as they take on the New York Knicks (19-43), who have won 2 of their last 3, but also only 2 of their last 9.

The Thunder has a clear size advantage against the Knicks, whose tallest player in the starting lineup is Taj Gibson at 6’9″. Tonight’s matchup could be a golden opportunity for both Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel to have solid statistical outings and punish New York in the paint.

Similar to Wednesday, if Oklahoma City can just take care of business, they should have no issue winning this game. The Thunder has plenty of areas they can improve, however, as was evidenced by the near comeback that the Pistons put together in the second half a couple of days ago.

Simply put, the Thunder needs to take care of the ball, which they are typically great at, and lock in on defense, which they have been good at for much of the season.

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Knicks

  • PG: Elfrid Payton
  • SG: RJ Barrett
  • SF: Maurice Harkless
  • PF: Julius Randle
  • C: Taj Gibson

Injuries

Thunder

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

Knicks

  • Kadeem Allen (G League; two-way) is OUT.
  • Ignas Brazdeikis (G League assignment) is OUT.
  • Kevin Knox (left leg contusion) is PROBABLE.
  • Mitchell Robinson (sore left hamstring) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (concussion) is OUT.
  • Kenny Wooten (G League; two-way) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 15-6 against the Knicks (9-2 at home, 6-4 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Knicks 5 times, lost it 0 times, and tied it 6 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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