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.
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
- PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
- SG: Josh Giddey
- SF: Jaylen Williams
- PF: Luguentz Dort
- C: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
- PG: Jalen Brunson
- SG: Cam Reddish
- SF: RJ Barrett
- PF: Julius Randle
- C: Isaiah Hartenstein
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).