Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #42 Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Paycom Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Bally 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 snapped their 5-game winning streak in a big way on Thursday night when they dominated the short-handed Brooklyn Nets on the road 130-109. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander popped off for 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists; and Luguentz Dort added 27 points while shooting 6-for-10 from downtown. Tonight the Thunder is back in OKC for the lone home game in a 7-game stretch as they host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs have had a pretty solid season so far in spite of missing Collin Sexton since late November. At 25-18, Cleveland is 5th in the Eastern Conference standings, and they tout one of the tallest starting lineups in the league with 3 guys at 6’11” or higher.

Cleveland could prove to be a matchup issue for the Thunder, but don’t count Oklahoma City out in any game, especially when playing in front of the home crowd. While holding just an 8-13 record at home, the Thunder is 14-7 at covering the spread. The Cavs are a slight favorite tonight, so don’t be surprised if this one goes down to the wire.

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Aaron Wiggins
  • SF: Josh Giddey
  • PF: Luguentz Dort
  • C: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl


  • PG: Darius Garland
  • SG: Lamar Stevens
  • SF: Lauri Markkanen
  • PF: Evan Mobley
  • C: Jarrett Allen



  • Vit Krejci is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Kenrich Williams is OUT (health and safety protocols).


  • Rajon Rondo is OUT (left knee soreness).
  • Ricky Rubio is OUT (left knee ACL tear).
  • Collin Sexton is OUT (meniscal tear in left knee).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 12-13 against the Cavs (6-7 at home, 6-6 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Cavs 3 times, lost 4 times, and tied 6 times.
  • The Thunder split the season series with the Cavs 1-1 a year ago (0-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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