Watch Oklahoma City vs Washington Live Stream Basketball Free Game Tv Coverage With less than a month until the NBA trade deadline, the Oklahoma City Thunder are on track to win 27 games. This is on par for where the team was expected to finish when the 2021-22 season kicked off.
There’s been plenty of highs and lows this season, but for the most part Oklahoma City has been competitive in nearly every game it has played. As the halfway point in the season gets closer, the Thunder’s next contest will be on the road against the Washington Wizards.
Oklahoma City battled but they suffered a fourth straight loss as they were defeated at home by Denver Sunday night. The Thunder are in the basement of the Northwest Division, 14 games behind the Jazz. In the Western Conference, the team is 14th, 7.5 games behind the Nuggets for the final guaranteed playoff spot and three games behind Portland for the final spot in the play-in tournament. Against Denver, Oklahoma City trailed 22-4 early and was down 13 after the opening quarter. The Thunder climbed back into the game, taking a 93-88 lead with 4:27 to play before running out of steam. They were outscored 11-2 down the stretch to wind up with the loss. Oklahoma City shot 43.2% from the field, including nine of 38 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 53-41. Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 14 points in the loss.
More than six months after his last NBA game and more than five months since playing for Japan in the Tokyo Olympics, Rui Hachimura is back playing for the Washington Wizards.
After making his season debut in Sunday’s win in Orlando, Hachimura’s comeback continues Tuesday when the Wizards host the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first contest of an eight-game homestand.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment. I had to take a little bit of time off, but I’m so happy back on the court and playing with these guys,” Hachimura said. “I missed the feeling.”
Hachimura declined to go into much detail about why he was away, saying he was dealing with a personal situation and making reference to needing a break from a demanding schedule. That slate included the Wizards playoff run, which stretched into early June, and the Olympics, where Hachimura was one of the faces of the Japanese contingent.
But Washington is happy to have him back.
After a 10-3 start, the Wizards dipped below .500 briefly before getting back to the break-even mark with Sunday’s win.
“I think he gives you that physicality that we lack at times,” Washington coach Wes Unseld Jr. said. “His size, his ability to attack off the bounce — he missed a couple of open shots that I think he’ll make.
“I’m excited to see how this unfolds.”
And Hachimura’s return coincides with a stretch where the Wizards need to make a push if they are to get back to their early-season success.
Washington figures to get a further boost from the return of Montrezl Harrell, who cleared the NBA’s COVID-19 protocol and figures to return against the Thunder after missing seven games.
Oklahoma City comes into Tuesday’s game having lost four consecutive games and six of its last seven.
The Thunder will play six of their next seven away from home.
Tuesday’s game is the second and final meeting of the season between the teams.
The Thunder enter the day as 9.5-point underdogs to the Wizards, and the total over/under is 216.5 points.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
The Wizards are an extremely deep team, but have been pretty mediocre to this point in the season. They’re 5-5 in their last ten games, which mirrors their .500 record on the season through 40 contests.
Hosting the Thunder tonight, Washington has been much better at home (10-7) than on the road (10-13) this season. As such, it’ll be a tough test for Oklahoma City.
As expected, Bradley Beal has been the Wizards’ best player this season, posting averages of 24.0 points, 6.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. He’s also gotten quite a bit of scoring help from his teammates, as Washington has six players that average double-digits in points per game.
Kyle Kuzma has been solid for the Wizards recently, coming off of a 27 point and 22 rebound performance. Off the bench, Montrezl Harrell has been one of the best in the NBA this season, averaging 14.5 points and 7.3 boards per contest.
It’s an interconference clash on the hardwood in the nation’s capital. The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the road as they travel to face the Washington Wizards Tuesday night. Oklahoma City was dropped 99-95 at home by Denver Sunday night in their most recent contest. Washington slipped past Orlando 102-100 on the road Sunday night in their most recent game. In the all-time regular season series, the Thunder owns a 74-66 advantage, but the Wizards have won three straight meetings. That includes a 101-99 road victory in the first matchup this season back on November 26, 2021.