Oklahoma City faces New Orleans, aims for 8th straight road win
Oklahoma City Thunder (32-22, sixth in the Western Conference) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (23-31, 11th in the Western Conference)
New Orleans; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City will try to keep its seven-game road win streak intact when the Thunder face New Orleans.
The Pelicans are 14-20 against Western Conference opponents. New Orleans is 5-18 when opponents win the rebound battle and averages 46.6 rebounds per game.
The Thunder are 21-14 in conference play. Oklahoma City has a 12-6 record in games decided by 10 points or more.
The Thunder won the last meeting between these two teams 107-104 on Dec. 1. Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points to help lead Oklahoma City to the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jrue Holiday is shooting 44.1 percent and averaging 19.4 points. Zion Williamson has averaged 18.9 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
Chris Paul is averaging 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists for the Thunder. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has averaged 7.2 rebounds and added 18.3 points per game over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 6-4, averaging 121.4 points, 49.7 rebounds, 29.2 assists, 8.2 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting.
Thunder: 7-3, averaging 113.5 points, 41.9 rebounds, 22.6 assists, 7.2 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 49.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting.
INJURIES: Pelicans: Kenrich Williams: day to day (back), Darius Miller: out (achilles), Brandon Ingram: day to day (ankle).
Thunder: Andre Roberson: out (knee), Darius Bazley: out (knee).