Oklahoma City Thunder vs Portland Trail Blazers Preview

The Oklahoma City Thunder snapped their three-game losing streak after a win against the Bucks led by a 22 point effort from Justin Jackson. Tonight the Thunder will be looking to carry the momentum from the win over to tonight where they play the Trail Blazers in hopes of extending their win streak to two games.

The Trail Blazers have won their last four games beating the Magic, 76ers, Cavaliers, and Mavericks even while CJ McCollum has been out due to a foot injury.

The Thunder will still be without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Knee) and George Hill (Thumb) while the Trail Blazers will be without Zach Collins, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Rodney Hood, and Harry Giles. Thunder head man Mark Daigneault mentions Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is “close” to returning.

The Thunder will see rookie Theo Maledon return to the lineup after being sidelined for the last six games due to health and safety protocols. He is joined in the starting lineup by Lu Dort, Kenrich Williams, Darius Bazley, and Al Horford.

Both teams will likely use small-ball lineups due to their lack of big men available. The Trail Blazers will start with Enes Kanter at Center, but without Harry Giles today the Trail Blazers will have to run a small-ball bench unit. The Thunder will start Al Horford and have Mike Muscala available off the bench, but they will also run some small-ball lineups featuring Isaiah Roby or Darius Bazley at the “Center” position.

The matchup will begin at 7 PM CT on Fox Sports Oklahoma. The game was in question at times due to the power shortage and rolling blackouts all around Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma, but the Thunder are doing their best to conserve power and are going ahead with the game. Note: This was an NBA decision, and the NBA worked with the local government to decide this.

Kamran Nia

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