Gilgeous-Alexander leads Oklahoma City into matchup with Washington

January 5, 2023 GMT

Washington Wizards (17-22, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (16-22, 13th in the Western Conference)

Oklahoma City; Friday, 8 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads Oklahoma City into a matchup against Washington. He ranks fourth in the league averaging 30.9 points per game.

The Thunder have gone 11-9 at home. Oklahoma City is 11- when it turns the ball over less than its opponents and averages 13.8 turnovers per game.

The Wizards are 7-15 on the road. Washington ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference with 13.0 fast break points per game led by Kyle Kuzma averaging 3.7.

The teams play for the second time this season. The Thunder won the last matchup 121-120 on Nov. 17, with Gilgeous-Alexander scoring 42 points in the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Luguentz Dort averages 1.8 made 3-pointers per game for the Thunder, scoring 14.1 points while shooting 33.7% from beyond the arc. Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.9 points, 5.7 assists and 1.6 steals over the past 10 games for Oklahoma City.


Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 22.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the Wizards. Kuzma is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Washington.

LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 5-5, averaging 117.8 points, 43.4 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 8.8 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.1 points per game.

Wizards: 6-4, averaging 115.3 points, 44.6 rebounds, 25.0 assists, 7.4 steals and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 50.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.3 points.

INJURIES: Thunder: Chet Holmgren: out for season (foot), Ousmane Dieng: out (wrist), Aleksej Pokusevski: out (leg), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: out (ankle).

Wizards: Bradley Beal: day to day (hamstring), Taj Gibson: day to day (groin).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.