OKC Thunder | Game #4 Preview: Pelicans

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 @ZacharyLowNBA for live-tweets and discussion during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped another loss at home on Wednesday, a 118-107 decision against the Orlando Magic, but tonight, they get an opportunity to ring in the new year with a home win as they host the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans are one of the many teams in the NBA that look quite a bit different than they did a few months ago due to some roster shakeup, and the Thunder was involved in that as they sent Steven Adams to New Orleans in the offseason in a trade. The Big Kiwi makes his return to the 405 with no fans in attendance, unfortunately, but the beloved big man will receive a warm welcome all the same.

This game features a lot of youth between both teams, including Zion Williamson for the Pelicans, so it should make for an exciting New Year’s Eve matchup.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: George Hill
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Darius Bazley
  • C: Al Horford


  • PG: Lonzo Ball
  • SG: Eric Bledsoe
  • SF: Brandon Ingram
  • PF: Zion Williamson
  • C: Steven Adams



  • Trevor Ariza is OUT (not with team).
  • Ty Jerome is OUT (sprained left ankle).


  • Wenyen Gabriel is OUT (right knee/quadriceps tendinosis)


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 28-15 against the Pelicans (16-6 at home, 12-9 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Pelicans 8 times, tied it once, and lost it 3 times.
  • The Thunder swept the Pelicans 4-0 in the regular season last year (2-0 at home, 2-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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