Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Thunder | Game #48 Preview: Suns

Zachary Low

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Tip-Off: 7 PM CT

Location: Phoenix Suns Arena (Phoenix, Arizona)

Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

Twitter: Follow @ZacharyLowNBA for live-tweets and discussion during the game

The Oklahoma City Thunder continues to shock the world when they do what they did on Wednesday night by using a shortened roster to pull off a win against a superior team. The Thunder managed a 113-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors just two days ago despite starting a lineup that features 0 of the players from opening night. Tonight, that same lineup will take on the Phoenix Suns on the road.

Last season, the Suns were a bit of a Cinderella story as they went 8-0 in the NBA Bubble before narrowly missing a shot at making the playoffs. Since then, Chris Paul was traded to the Suns and is now the floor general in Phoenix. His leadership alongside the talent of Devin Booker has the Suns rocking a 33-13 record, cementing them in 2nd place in the Western Conference Standings.

The Suns are a double-digit favorite in tonight’s game, with good reason, but you never know what the outcome will be when the Oklahoma City Thunder is involved. One thing that is guaranteed, though, is that whoever is on the court in an OKC uniform is coming to give their best effort on both ends of the floor.

Projected Starters

Thunder

  • PG: Théo Maledon
  • SG: Svi Mykhailiuk
  • SF: Kenrich Williams
  • PF: Isaiah Roby
  • C: Moses Brown

Suns

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Devin Booker
  • SF: Mikal Bridges
  • PF: Jae Crowder
  • C: DeAndre Ayton

Injuries

Thunder

  • Darius Bazley is OUT (left shoulder contusion).
  • Luguentz Dort is OUT (concussion protocol).
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is OUT (plantar fascitis in right foot).
  • Ty Jerome is OUT (sprained right ankle).
  • Mike Muscala is OUT (sprained right ankle).
  • Aleksej Pokuševski is OUT (health & safety protocol).

Suns

  • Torrey Craig is QUESTIONABLE (sore left knee).
  • Frank Kaminsky is OUT (health and safety protocols).
  • Abdel Nader is OUT (sore right knee).

Head-to-Head

  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 30-13 against the Suns (17-4 at home, 13-9 on the road).
  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has won the season series against the Suns 9 times, tied once, and lost twice.
  • The Thunder won the season series with the Suns 2-1 a year ago (1-0 at home, 1-1 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 1-0 so far this season against the Suns (0-0 at home, 1-0 on the road).

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