Thunder Program: A Busy Travel Week Ahead
The Oklahoma City Thunder are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a 9-19 record. With that in mind, they kick off this week after a win over the LA Clippers, where Shai Gilgeous-Alexandre hitting a triple winner.
With four games this week for the Thunder, there will be a lot of travel. They will alternate at home and on the road in all four competitions this week, never staying in the same city for consecutive games.
Let’s take a look at their schedule for the week.
Monday December 20: in Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis has been one of the best teams in the NBA lately, even without their star in Ja Morant. The Grizzlies have won five in a row, including nine of their last ten games.
The last time Oklahoma City faced the Grizzlies, they lost 73 points earlier this season. Now that the Thunder are healthy again, the results should be very different this time around.
Wednesday December 22: Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets are one of the most talented rosters in the NBA, but are understaffed with both Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. with injuries. Either way, they have a winning record and are currently in contention for the Western Conference playoffs.
OKC has lost four straight games to Denver, dating back to the 2019-20 season. If they want to break this streak, the Thunder will have to contain Nikola Jokic.
Thursday December 23: at the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix currently has the best all-time NBA record at 23-5. Led by the former Thunder Guard Chris paul, the Suns look like they can make another playoff run this season.
The Suns recently Devin Booker returning from a hamstring injury as they move closer to full health. A team capable of scoring points in an emergency, Oklahoma City will need to be solid defensively against Phoenix.
Sunday December 26: New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans return to Oklahoma City on Sunday night. Just last week, they beat the Thunder at the Paycom Center on a 61-foot batsman.
This time around, the Thunder should have Lu Dort in the lineup, which will give them a huge boost at both ends of the pitch. Containing Brandon Ingram will be the key to this game if OKC is to achieve a victory.
All three games will be broadcast on Bally Sports Oklahoma. The contests can also be heard on statewide radio on 98.1 FM The Sports Animal in Oklahoma City and in Tulsa via 97.1 FM The Sports Animal Tulsa.