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OKC Thunder | Game #50 Preview: Suns

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 8 PM CT

Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena (Phoenix, Arizona)

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 (29-20) continued their hot streak as they matched a franchise-record 6 consecutive road wins on Wednesday with a 120-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings (18-30).

Tonight, the Thunder takes on the Phoenix Suns (20-27), who are coming off perhaps their most impressive win of the season, a 133-104 victory over the Dallas Mavericks (29-18).

The Thunder defeated the Suns 126-108 in Oklahoma City on December 20th. Since then, OKC has won 15 of 21 games, while Phoenix has won just 9 of 19. However, the Suns have won 6 of their last 10, which is tied for their best 10-game stretch of the season.

The Suns are a lot like the Thunder in that they like to share the ball, and a lot of guys can score. OKC has 5 guys that average double-digit points, and Phoenix has 6 that are putting up at least 11 points per game. Of those 6 for the Suns, however, 2 are injured and will not be playing tonight.

Devin Booker is the star in Phoenix. He was left out of the All-Star Game as the Western Conference reserves were announced last night, which means he could come out tonight with something to prove. The Thunder needs to put a defensive focus on him, because if he gets it going, the Suns could have a chance to get the upset tonight.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Danilo Gallinari
  • C: Steven Adams

Suns

  • PG: Ricky Rubio
  • SG: Devin Booker
  • SF: Kelly Oubre Jr.
  • PF: Mikal Bridges
  • C: Deandre Ayton

Injuries

Thunder

  • Terrance Ferguson (personal reasons) is OUT.
  • Kevin Hervey (G League; two-way) is OUT.
  • Andre Roberson (return to play management) is OUT.

Suns

  • Aaron Baynes (left hip soreness) is OUT.
  • Jared Harper (G League; two-way) is OUT.
  • Cameron Johnson (right quad contusion) is OUT.
  • Frank Kaminsky (right patellar stress fracture) is OUT.
  • Jalen Lecque (G League; on assignment) is OUT.
  • Tariq Owens (G League; two-way) is OUT.

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 28-12 against the Suns (17-4 at home, 11-8 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Suns 8 times, tied once, and lost twice.
  • The Thunder won the season series with the Suns 4-0 a year ago (2-0 at home, 2-0 on the road).
  • The Thunder has won 3 consecutive matchups with the Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.

Game Notes

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