The Oklahoma City Thunder’s 4-game win streak came to an end in Sacramento against the Kings on Friday night in a matchup of two young, exciting and upcoming squads in the league. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander poured in 37 points, but OKC was unable to make it to the free throw line nearly as often as the Kings, and it made all the difference.
The competition continues to stiffen Sunday night as the Thunder takes on the Denver Nuggets on the road. The Nuggets are on a 9-game win streak, 8 of which have taken place at home. Nikola Jokic has been as efficient as ever, and Jamal Murray is playing some of the best basketball of his career. Despite the Thunder playing Denver close in all 3 matchups so far this season, the Nuggets sit atop the Western Conference with good reason, so OKC has their work cut out for them in this divisional matchup.
Tip-Off: 7 PM CT
Location: Ball Arena (Denver, Colorado)
Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma
Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal
Twitter: Follow @ZacharyLowNBA for live tweets and discussion during the game
Game Notes: Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes, Denver Nuggets Official Game Notes
- PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
- SG: Josh Giddey
- SF: Luguentz Dort
- PF: Jalen Williams
- C: Kenrich Williams
- PG: Jamal Murray
- SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- SF: Michael Porter Jr.
- PF: Aaron Gordon
- C: Nikola Jokic
- Ousmane Dieng is AVAILABLE.
- Chet Holmgren is OUT (right foot surgery).
- Eugene Omoruyi is OUT (G League — two-way).
- Aleksej Pokusevski is OUT (left tibial plateau; non-displaced fracture).
- Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is OUT (sprained right ankle).
- Vlatko Cancar is QUESTIONABLE (non-Covid illness).
- Collin Gillespie is OUT (fractured right lower leg).
- Bones Hyland is QUESTIONABLE (sprained left finger).
- Nikola Jokic is QUESTIONABLE (left hamstring tightness).
- Jamal Murray is QUESTIONABLE (sprained left hip).
- Peyton Watson is OUT (strained left adductor).
- Jack White is OUT (G League — two-way).
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 24-31 against the Nuggets (16-13 at home, 8-18 on the road).
- Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series with the Nuggets 6 times, lost it 7 times, and tied it once.
- The Thunder went 2-2 against the Nuggets last season (1-1 at home, 1-1 on the road).
- The Thunder is 0-3 against the Nuggets so far this season (0-2 at home, 0-1 on the road).