Oklahoma City Thunder | Game #33 Preview: New Orleans Pelicans

Another game came down to the wire on Wednesday evening for the Oklahoma City Thunder as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 27 points in a 108-98 Thunder victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. OKC is on a 3-game winning streak, and tonight they host one of the best teams in the Western Conference in the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans are 3rd in the West, just half a game behind the Denver Nuggets and the Memphis Grizzlies at 19-12 on the season. However, they are missing Brandon Ingram (left great toe contusion) and Zion Williamson (health and safety protocol), so this should make for a close game that will hopefully end in an early Christmas present win for Thunder fans.

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 Orleans Pelicans Official Game Notes

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Josh Giddey
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Jalen Williams
  • C: Aleksej Pokusevski


  • PG: CJ McCollum
  • SG: Trey Murphy
  • SF: Herbert Jones
  • PF: Naji Marshall
  • C: Jonas Valanciunas

Injury Report


  • Ousmane Dieng is OUT (non-displaced fractured right wrist).
  • Chet Holmgren is OUT (right foot surgery).
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is OUT (sprained right ankle).
  • Jaylin Williams is OUT (concussion protocol).


  • Brandon Ingram is OUT (left great toe contusion).
  • Kira Lewis Jr. is OUT (G League — on assignment).
  • E.J. Liddell is OUT (right knee ACL injury recovery).
  • Larry Nance Jr. is OUT (right achilles soreness).
  • Dereon Seabron is OUT (G League — two-way).
  • Zion Williamson is OUT (health and safety protocols).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 31-19 against the Pelicans (17-8 at home, 14-11 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won the season series with the Pelicans 9 times, tied it once, and lost it 4 times.
  • The Thunder went 2-1 against the Pelicans last season (1-1 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 0-1 against the Pelicans so far this season (1-0 at home, 0-1 on the road).

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