Thunder Set to Face Lakers on the First Night of a 2-Game Series

The Thunder are facing a very consistent Lakers team tonight on the first leg of a back-to-back and will look to build on their win against the TImberwolves and extent their win streak to two games. The Lakers will be looking to add to their current 4 game win streak against a Thunder team that they have matched up with very well this season.

In their first matchup, Anthony Davis dominated. Davis was scoring at will in the post and the Thunder had no answer for his game since they were without Al Horford and Mike Muscala then. Luckily for the Thunder, they won’t be facing Anthony Davis tonight due to an Achilles injury, but the Thunder will also be without Mike Muscala. Theo Maledon who has impressed so far in his rookie season will remain out due to health and safety protocol and the Thunder will also be without promising second-year forward, Isaiah Roby, due to right foot soreness.

The biggest question for the Thunder tonight is will their paint defense be efficient enough to stop the Lakers with just one big man playing. Isaiah Roby is usually able to play the Center position when the Thunder are shorthanded, but since he is out the Thunder will have to play very small lineups against a Lakers team who ranks 5th in the NBA in points per game.

The biggest question for the Lakers is will be fatigued due to a double-OT game against the Pistons just two nights ago. Lebron looked fatigued towards the end of the Pistons game and if the Thunder can manage to keep the game close and play with high intensity like they have done very well this year, will the Lakers be able to keep up?

Tune in to the first leg of the back-to-back tonight at 9 PM CT on Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Kamran Nia

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