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Oklahoma City Thunder

Game #34 Preview | Phoenix Suns

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 8 PM CT

Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena (Phoenix, AZ)

Television: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @TheThunderGuys for live-tweets during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder is on a bit of a slide, perhaps the worst set of losses since starting the season 0-4. The Thunder has lost 2 consecutive games and 5 of the last 10 to put them at 3rd in the West with a 21-12 record, but they have a good chance to get back on track tonight as they play the Suns in Phoenix.

The Suns are the worst team in the Western Conference, and one of the worst in the league with a 9-26 record. The Thunder has beaten the Suns three times already this season, and a win tonight would complete the rare regular season sweep.

Russell Westbrook played in the first meeting between the two teams, which was the first win of the season for the Thunder, but he missed the second and third games. He has been in a bit of a shooting funk lately, so maybe he can turn the corner a bit with a solid performance tonight on the road.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Russell Wetbrook
  • SG: Terrance Ferguson
  • SF: Paul George
  • PF: Jerami Grant
  • C: Steven Adams

Suns

  • PGDe’Anthony Melton
  • SG: Devin Booker
  • SF: Mikal Bridges
  • PF: T.J. Warren
  • C: DeAndre Ayton

Injuries

Thunder

  • Alex Abrines (illness) is OUT.
  • Paul George (right quad contusion) is QUESTIONABLE.
  • Andre Roberson (left patellar tendon) is OUT.

Suns

  • Jamal Crawford (sore left knee) is QUESTIONABLE.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 26-12 against the Suns (16-4 at home, 10-8 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Suns 7 times, tied once, and lost twice.
  • The Thunder won the season series with the Suns 2-1 a year ago.
  • The Thunder is 3-0 against the Suns so far this season (2-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder hast won the last two meetings in Phoenix.

Game Notes

  • The Thunder has lost two games in a row and is 5-5 in the last 10 while the Suns most recently defeated the Orlando Magic in overtime on Wednesday to move to 5-5 in their last 10 games.
  • Oklahoma City is 9-8 on the road while Phoenix is 5-11 at home.
  • Oklahoma City is 11-10 against the Western Conference while Phoenix is 5-15.
  • Oklahoma City is 6-1 after two days of rest while Phoenix is 7-15 after one day of rest.
  • Oklahoma City is 7-5 in the month of December while Phoenix is 5-8.
  • Oklahoma City is 3-3 on Friday nights while Phoenix is 1-3.
  • Oklahoma City Thunder Official Game Notes
  • Phoenix Suns Official Game Notes

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