Time: 6:00 PM CT
Radio: WWLS (98.1 FM OKC / 97.1 FM Tulsa)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25) is coming off a 25-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and has lost five out of the last six games. The Thunder will now look to turn things around at home against the Memphis Grizzlies (18-36).
Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are still nursing sprained ankles and listed as ‘Questionable’ for tonight’s game. The Grizzlies will get Tyreke Evans back into the lineup but come in with just a 5-20 road record on the season and 2-8 over the last 10 games.
Tip-off is at 6:00 PM CT on Fox Sports Oklahoma. The Thunder is an 8.5-point favorite according to OddsShark.
Update: Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony will not play.
- Russell Westbrook: Out – Ankle
- Carmelo Anthony: Out – Ankle
- Andre Roberson: Out – Knee
- Mike Conley: Out – Achilles
- Deyonta Davis: Out — Knee
- Chandler Parsons: Out — Knee
Grizzlies: Tyreke Evans, Andrew Harrison, Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol
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12/9: OKC 102, MEM 101 [BOX SCORE]
Starting Five. If Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are unable to play, expect a starting lineup of Raymond Felton, Josh Huestis, Paul George, Patrick Patterson, and Steven Adams.
Return of Tyreke. The Grizzlies have lost five in a row, all without Tyreke Evans. Evans was shut down ahead of the trade deadline in anticipation of a deal, however a trade never materialized. He will re-join the Grizzlies today in Oklahoma City — he’s their leading scorer at 19.5 PPG. He posted 29 points and 13 rebounds in the first match-up with OKC.
Back on Track. The Grizzlies average the second-fewest points per game in the league — welcomed news for a struggling Thunder defense. They also have the 26th-ranked field goal percentage and tied for 28th in three-point percentage.
Battle of the Bigs. The Steven Adams/Marc Gasol match-up will be one to watch. Gasol had 22 points against OKC on December 9, with Adams going for 21 points and 9 rebounds. Getting similar production out of Adams will be particularly important if the Thunder is without Westbrook and/or Melo yet again.