OKC Thunder | Game #37: Mavericks

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 @ZacharyLowNBA for live-tweets and discussion during the game

It’s been a week since the Oklahoma City Thunder last played basketball, and they entered the NBA All-Star Break on a high note with a 107-102 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. The night before on March 3rd, however, OKC struggled to get much done as they dropped an 87-78 decision to the Dallas Mavericks. Tonight, just 8 days later, the Thunder and the Mavs get a rematch.

Entering this season, the Mavericks were considered one of the more competitive teams in the Western Conference, but at the midway point, they are just 8th in the standings with a 19-16 record. On the other hand, the Thunder is performing slightly better than expected. With a 15-21 record, OKC has beaten some teams they had no business beating, and really, they haven’t had very many bad losses.

Still, games like last Wednesday’s defeat in Dallas leave a bad taste in the mouths of players and fans alike, and it’d be nice to see OKC put up a better fight tonight. A week of rest usually does every team some good, and with no participation in All-Star Weekend from the Thunder, I anticipate they will come out with a renewed sense of competition.

Projected Starters


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


  • PG: Trey Burke
  • SG: Josh Richardson
  • SF: Dorian Finney-Smith
  • PF: Maxi Kleber
  • C: Kristaps Porzingis



  • Trevor Ariza is OUT (not with team).
  • Hamidou Diallo is OUT (sore right groin).
  • Josh Hall is OUT (sore left knee).
  • George Hill is OUT (right thumb surgery).


  • Luka Doncic is OUT (injury recovery).
  • Nate Hinton is OUT (G League; on assignment).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 23-20 against the Mavericks in the regular season (14-8 at home, 9-12 on the road) and 9-5 in the playoffs (4-3 at home, 5-2 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Mavericks 4 times, lost 5 times, and tied 3 times.
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Mavericks so far this season (0-0 at home, 0-1 on the road).

Game Notes

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