Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #46 Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (Cleveland, Ohio)

Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma, NBA TV

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @ZacharyLowNBA for live-tweets and discussion during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder wraps up a 4-game road trip tonight as they play the second game of a back-to-back in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. It’s been just one week since these teams last met in what was a 107-102 comeback for Cleveland.

OKC is riding a 4-game losing streak, and the Thunder has won just one game of their last 10 tries. The Cavs managed to use their height against the Thunder last weekend, and it’s likely that they will do the same again. If OKC wants to have a chance to compete tonight and get out of their rut, they’re going to have to find some way to slow Cleveland’s big men down.

Projected Starters


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


  • PG: Darius Garland
  • SG: Isaa Okoro
  • SF: Lauri Markkanen
  • PF: Evan Mobley
  • C: Jarrett Allen



  • Vit Krejci is OUT (sprained right ankle).
  • Theo Maledon is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Aleksej Pokusevski is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Isaiah Roby is OUT (G League – on assignment).
  • Paul Watson is OUT (G League – two-way).


  • RJ Nembhard Jrr. is OUT (G League – two-way).
  • Rajon Rondo is OUT (right hamstring soreness).
  • Ricky Rubio is OUT (left knee ACL tear).
  • Collin Sexton is OUT (meniscal tear in left knee).
  • Lamar Stevens is PROBABLE (left knee soreness).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 12-14 against the Cavs (6-8 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).
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Cavs so far this season (0-1 at home, 0-0 on the road).

Game Notes

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