Oklahoma City Thunder | Game Preview #4: Detroit Pistons

The Oklahoma City Thunder fell down early on Sunday afternoon in their home opener against the Denver Nuggets, and despite their best efforts, they simply could not get back up. The Nuggets were too overpowering, and the Thunder suffered one of their worst losses in recent history as Denver was able to win 128-95.

Today is a new day, however, as the Thunder will look to get their first home win of the 2023-24 season when they host the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons are off to a solid 2-1 start, primarily due to their impressive defensive output, and if OKC wants to get back on the right track, they’re going to have to shoot a lot better than they did against the Nuggets.

On Sunday, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had his worst offensive output since March 9, 2022, when he managed just 8 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves. His 7 points against the Nuggets ties his all-time low as a member of the Thunder, and because of how poorly he played, you can pretty much guarantee he will be ready to make things right against the Pistons tonight.

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 NotesDetroit Pistons Official Game Notes

Projected Starters


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


  • PG: Killian Hayes
  • SG: Cade Cunningham
  • SF: Ausar Thompson
  • PF: Isaiah Stewart
  • C: Jalen Duren

Injury Report


  • Jaylin Williams (strained hamstring) is OUT.
  • Kenrich Williams (back spasms) is OUT.


  • Bojan Bogdanovic (strained right calf) is OUT.
  • Isaiah Livers (sprained left ankle) is OUT.
  • Monte Morris (strained right quadriceps) is OUT.


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 20-9 against the Pistons (11-3 at home, 9-6 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Pistons 7 times, lost it 1 time, and tied it 7 times.
  • The Thunder went 1-1 against the Pistons last season (1-0 at home, 0-1 on the road).

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