MLK Day features OKC Thunder vs reeling Rockets: preview

JANUARY 9: Terrance Ferguson #23 of the OKC Thunder plays defense against the Houston Rockets (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
JANUARY 9: Terrance Ferguson #23 of the OKC Thunder plays defense against the Houston Rockets (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Projected Line-ups:

OKC Thunder Starters:

Point Guard: Chris Paul
Shooting Guard: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Small Forward: Terrance Ferguson
Power Forward: Danilo Gallinari
Center:  Steven Adams

OKC Thunder Bench:

Point Guard: Dennis Schroder.
Shooting Guard: Hamidou Diallo, Deonte Burton
Small Forward: Darius Bazley, Kevin Hervey
Power Forward: Mike Muscala
Center: Nerlens NoelJustin Patton

Injury notes:

  • Andre Roberson continues his rehab away from the team.
  • Terrance Ferguson is day to day with an illness but is expected to play
  • Abdel Nader is day to day with an ankle injury

Houston Rockets Starters:

More from Thunderous Intentions

Point Guard: Russell Westbrook
Shooting Guard: James Harden
Small Forward: Danuel House
Power Forward: PJ Tucker
Center:  Clint Capela

Houston Rockets Bench:

Point Guard: Chris ClemonsMichael Frazier
Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon, *Austin RiversBen McLemore
Small Forward:  Gary ClarkWilliam Howard
Power Forward:
Center: Tyson ChandlerIsaiah Hartenstein

Injury notes:

  • Nene Hilario remains out with a strained abductor.
  • Gerald Green is out indefinitely with a broken left foot and an expected return date of May.
  • *Austin Rivers is doubtful with a thumb injury

*All injury information sourced through basketball reference

Game Specifics

The Venue: Toyota Center

Tipoff:  5:00 PM ET  | 4:00 PM CT

TV: FS Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1 FM OKC

History:

The teams have played 43 times as they are named today with the OKC Thunder holding a 26-17 advantage. The Thunder took three of the four matches last season and have split their matchups so far this season.

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Note the early start time given the holiday game. Check back post game for grades and insights into the match.