Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #17 Preview: New York Knicks

The Oklahoma City Thunder managed to go 2-2 on their 4-game road trip, and one of those two wins was against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The two teams meet for a rematch on Monday night at the Paycom Center.

For just the third time all season, the Thunder is favored against an opponent, and with the way Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been playing lately, it only makes sense. Shai is not only looking like an NBA All-Star, but perhaps he should be more closely looked at as a dark horse to win MVP.

OKC is dealing with a few injuries, including no Aleksej Pokusevski (sprained left ankle), who has worked his way into a consistent role as a starter. When these two teams met 8 days ago, the Thunder pulled off a 145-135 victory over the Knicks. OKC plays three times at home in the next five days, so Thunder fans have several opportunities to see the young squad in action.

Game Details

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

Game NotesOklahoma City Thunder Official Game NotesNew York Knicks Official Game Notes

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Knicks

  • PG: Jalen Brunson
  • SG: Cam Reddish
  • SF: RJ Barrett
  • PF: Julius Randle
  • C: Isaiah Hartenstein

Injury Report

Thunder

  • Darius Bazley is QUESTIONABLE (sprained right ankle).
  • Ousmane Dieng is OUT (G League — on assignment).
  • Chet Holmgren is OUT (right foot surgery).
  • Isaiah Joe is QUESTIONABLE (right knee soreness).
  • Tre Mann is OUT (lower back soreness).
  • Aleksej Pokusevski is OUT (sprained left ankle).
  • Jaylin Williams is OUT (G League — on assignment).

Knicks

  • Feron Hunt is OUT (G League — two-way).
  • Trevor Keels is OUT (G League — two-way).
  • Cam Reddish is OUT (right groin soreness).
  • Derrick Rose is OUT (right big toe soreness).

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 20-7 against the Knicks (10-3 at home, 10-4 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Knicks 6 times, lost it 0 times, and tied it 8 times.
  • The Thunder tied the season series with the Knicks 1-1 last year (0-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 1-0 against the Knicks so far this season (0-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).

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