Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #39 Preview: Grizzlies

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 1 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 looked solid against a short-handed Dallas Mavericks team on Thursday, but they were actually the short-handed team yesterday with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sitting out, among others. Today, the Thunder hosts the Memphis Grizzlies, and it will be even worse for OKC as Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Al Horford, and Theo Maledon will all be missing from the starting lineup for various reasons.

Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies haven’t exactly had the best season so far, but they’re hoping to turn things around in the second half. The Grizzlies handily defeated the Washington Wizards on Wednesday 127-112 before narrowly losing to the Denver Nuggets 103-102 on Friday night. At 17-17, Memphis has some work to do if they want to secure a playoff spot, but now that they are almost completely healthy, they’ve got a good chance to do so.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Ty Jerome
  • SF: Kenrich Williams
  • PF: Aleksej Pokusevski
  • C: Isaiah Roby

Grizzlies

  • PG: Ja Morant
  • SG: Desmond Bane
  • SF: Dillon Brooks
  • PF: Kyle Anderson
  • C: Jonas Valančiūnas

Injuries

Thunder

  • Trevor Ariza is OUT (not with team).
  • Darius Bazley is OUT.
  • Luguentz Dort is OUT.
  • George Hill is OUT (right thumb surgery).
  • Al Horford is OUT (rest).
  • Theo Maledon is OUT.

Grizzlies

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. is OUT (left knee meniscus surgery recovery).

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 26-18 against the Grizzlies (16-6 at home, 10-12 on the road) in the regular season and 9-10 in the playoffs (6-5 at home, 3-5 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Grizzlies 8 times and lost 3 times.
  • The Thunder went 1-2 against the Grizzlies last season (1-1 at home, 0-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Grizzlies so far this season (0-0 at home, 0-1 on the road).

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