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Game 19 Pregame Primer: Thunder (8-10) vs. Rockets (9-9)

Game 19 Pregame Primer: Thunder (8-10) vs. Rockets (9-9)

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7PM @ Chesapeake Energy Arena, Fox Sports Oklahoma ?

Projected starting lineups:

Oklahoma CityHouston
PG: Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderPG: John Wall
SG: George HillSG: Victor Oladipo
SF: Lu DortSF: Jae’Sean Tate
PF: Darius BazleyPF: P.J. Tucker
C: Al HorfordC: Christian Wood

3 Big Things

  • Houston’s Defense: They aren’t world beaters, but the scrappy Rockets suddenly have a top-10 defense. The Thunder’s offense? Bottom-5. Another shootout like Friday’s Nets barnburner is unlikely.
  • Home Court: This is the one of two straight games OKC will host Houston, the first time they’ve hosted a home & home series this season. The Thunder are still just 1-6 on the year, so welcoming, and beating, a better team could start to turn around their home woes. Or the Rockets could continue their 5-game winning streak and cement Oklahoma City’s ‘Peake problems.
  • SGAll-Star: He should be a legitimate candidate for anyone paying attention, but Shai Gilgeous-Alexander needs to have some more standout nights to garner enough attention to actually show up on many ballots. Win or loss, another 30+ stat-stuffing effort is needed for his All-Star hopes.

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