The Oklahoma City Thunder will continue their tank tonight against the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are tied for the 10th seed, but they lose the tiebreaker. They need to finish ahead of both the teams that they are tied with to make the play-in game.
While the Wizards try their best to make a final playoff push, the Thunder continue to try and get better odds in the draft lottery. They still have the fifth-best odds with a 10.5% chance at the first overall pick.
Bradley Beal is averaging 31.1 PPG and 4.8 APG this season. With Lu Dort out tonight, Beal becomes much more difficult to guard. The Thunder will likely let Svi Mykhailiuk guard Beal throughout the game.
- Spread: Thunder +13
- Total: 232
- TV: Bally Sports Oklahoma, 6:00 pm CT
- Radio: WWLS 98.1 FM
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Thunder Projected Starters
Injury Notes: Lu Dort is out with a right hip strain. Josh Hall (knee) and Isaiah Roby (right toe sprain) are also out. Al Horford, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Mike Muscala will also be out tonight. Gabriel Deck isn’t yet with the team.
Wizards Projected Starters
Matchup to Watch
Darius Bazley vs. Russell Westbrook is the matchup to keep an eye on tonight. Bazley has averaged 16.2 PPG and 6.6 RPG since returning from his fractured scapula. Not only has Baze been filling the box score, but he’s also been a walking highlight.
— 𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙢𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙃𝙤𝙤𝙥𝙨 (@BoomtownHoops) April 19, 2021
— 𝘽𝙤𝙤𝙢𝙩𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙃𝙤𝙤𝙥𝙨 (@BoomtownHoops) April 16, 2021
While Bazley has been impressive lately, Westbrook has been on an absolute tear, scoring eight triple-doubles in just 10 games in April. He’s averaging 21.9 PPG, 10.9 RPG and 10.8 APG in April.
— NBA (@NBA) April 18, 2021
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) April 16, 2021