OKC Thunder | Game #54 Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

Just a week after playing the Golden State Warriors at home in a competitive game, the Oklahoma City Thunder were embarrassed in San Francisco on Monday night in a 141-114 loss to the Warriors. Even without Steph Curry, Golden State was on fire, particularly Klay Thompson, who couldn’t miss from deep. OKC kept it close, even leading for periods of the first half, but a 7-point halftime deficit quickly turned ugly in the third quarter as the Thunder simply had no answer.

The Thunder continues their current road trip Tuesday night as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Lebron James is just 25 points away from tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record, but James is listed as questionable tonight, so he may not play. Either way, OKC continues to be without Luguentz Dort, which hurts the Thunder defense in a major way.

After last night’s rough outing, the Thunder should play with a little more ambition tonight, but they still have their work cut out for them, regardless of who plays.

Game Details

Tip-Off: 9 PM CT

Location: Crypto.com Arena (Los Angeles, California)

Television: TNT

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 NotesLos Angeles Lakers Official Game Notes

Projected Starters

Thunder

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

Lakers

  • PG: Dennis Schröder
  • SG: Patrick Beverley
  • SF: LeBron James
  • PF: Rui Hachimura
  • C: Anthony Davis

Injury Report

Thunder

  • Luguentz Dort is OUT (strained right hamstring).
  • Chet Holmgren is OUT (right foot surgery).
  • Aleksej Pokusevski is OUT (left tibial plateau; non-displaced fracture).
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl is OUT (G League — on assignment).

Lakers

  • Anthony Davis is PROBABLE (stress injury in right foot).
  • LeBron James is QUESTIONABLE (left ankle soreness).
  • Scotty Pippen Jr. is OUT (G League — two-way).
  • Austin Reaves is PROBABLE (strained left hamstring).
  • Cole Swider is OUT (G League — two-way).

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 26-23 against the Lakers (14-10 at home, 12-13 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Lakers 7 times, lost 5 times, and tied it twice.
  • The Thunder went 2-2 (1-1 at home, 1-1 on the road) against the Lakers last season.

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