Thunder schedule: a week of two lightweight games in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City Thunder are almost a third of the way to the 2021-22 season and have had their ups and downs so far. The youngest team in the NBA, they were inconsistent but showed how great some of their top talents are.

In a busy 82-game season, weeks like the one ahead are ideal for young teams. The Thunder will be in Oklahoma City all week with two home games over the next seven days.

This means that OKC will have plenty of rest and training time along the way. Plus, both games will be against teams the Thunder have a real chance of beating.

Let’s take a look at their schedule for the week.

Wednesday December 15: New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans are the worst team in the Western Conference at this point, playing without their superstar in Zion Williamson. With that in mind, they’re still a dangerous team that will be a tough test for the Thunder.

A top-five rebounding team, the Pelicans are good at breaking glass, led by Jonas Valanciunas which draws nearly 12 by competition. They also have a variety of goal scorers, including Brandon ingram and Nickeil Alexander-Walker. The last time these two teams met, Alexandre-walker (cousin of Shai Gilgeous-Alexandre) produced a season-high 33 points.

Saturday December 18: LA Clippers

The Clippers have been strong at this point in the season despite Kawhi Leonard being sidelined because of an injury. They relied heavily on Paul Georges, which has been spectacular so far. However, George missed Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics with a bruised right elbow and it’s still unclear when he’ll return to action.

It’s a game that will end up being positive for the Thunder regardless. If the Clippers win, OKC continues to increase its lottery odds. If the Thunder win, the Clippers drop in the standings, which helps the Thunder as they own LA’s first round in the next draft.

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.

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