OKC Thunder | Game #48 Preview: Atlanta Hawks

The Oklahoma City Thunder ended the Denver Nuggets 9-game winning streak on Sunday thanks to a Shai Gilgeous-Alexander bucket in the final seconds of the game to put OKC on top 101-99. Luguentz Dort locked up Jamal Murray for a tough last-second shot attempt at tying the game, but it was no good, and the Thunder continues to look more and more like a legitimate playoff team.

OKC looks to stay hot on Wednesday night as they host the Atlanta Hawks, who have lost two in a row after winning 5 straight. The Hawks currently sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 24-24 record, just a half-game ahead of the Indiana Pacers, but a game and a half behind the New York Knicks.

Atlanta is an interesting matchup for the Thunder for a couple of reasons. First off, the Hawks have an extremely talented backcourt with the duo of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray, which should be fun for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luguentz Dort to match up with. De’Andre Hunter is a talented young wing player for the Hawks as well. Down low, Atlanta’s John Collins and Clint Capela are a similar stretch big men, which gives the Hawks an advantage considering that OKC hasn’t played a true center down low consistently in quite some time. Regardless, the Thunder is a top-10 rebounding team, and their defensive efficiency has been incredible since the New Year.

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 NotesAtlanta Hawks Official Game Notes

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Hawks

  • PG: Trae Young
  • SG: Dejounte Murray
  • SF: De’Andre Hunter
  • PF: John Collins
  • C: Clint Capela

Injury Report

Thunder

  • 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).
  • Lindy Waters III is OUT (G League — two-way).

Hawks

  • De’Andre Hunter is QUESTIONABLE (asthma symptoms).
  • Onyeka Okongwu is QUESTIONABLE (left hamstring tightness).
  • Donovan Williams is OUT (G League — two-way).

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 16-11 against the Hawks (9-4 at home, 7-7 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Hawks 5 times, lost it 3 times, and tied 6 times.
  • The Thunder lost the season series with the Hawks 0-2 last year (0-1 at home, 0-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 1-0 against the Hawks so far this season (0-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).

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