OKC Thunder | Game #71 Preview: Phoenix Suns

The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a tough 128-111 loss in Toronto against the Raptors on Thursday, but over the last couple of days, the Thunder has actually managed to move up to T-8th in the Western Conference standings due to other team’s losing. OKC can improve their placement again on Sunday afternoon as they play host to the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns will be playing without Kevin Durant and DeAndre Ayton, and as a result, the Thunder is a slight favorite. After the rough loss on Thursday, I can’t help but think OKC will come out with a focused energy to get a solid win against a good team in front of the home crowd.

Game Details

Tip-Off: 2:30 PM CT

Location: Paycom Center (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Television: Bally Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1FM OKC The Sports Animal

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

Game NotesOklahoma City Thunder Official Game NotesPhoenix Suns Official Game Notes

Projected Starters


  • PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
  • SG: Josh Giddey
  • SF: Luguentz Dort
  • PF: Jalen Williams
  • C: Jaylin Williams


  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Devin Booker
  • SF: Josh Okogie
  • PF: Torrey Craig
  • C: Jock Landale

Injury Report


  • Jared Butler is OUT (G League — two-way).
  • Chet Holmgren is OUT (right foot surgery).
  • Aleksej Pokusevski is OUT (G League — on assignment).
  • Kenrich Williams is OUT (scapholunate ligament surgery in left wrist).


  • DeAndre Ayton is OUT (right hip contusion).
  • Kevin Durant is OUT (sprained left ankle).
  • Landry Shamet is PROBABLE (right foot soreness).


  • Since arriving in Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder is 30-18 against the Suns (17-5 at home, 13-13 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 4 times.
  • The Thunder lost the season series with the Suns 1-3 a year ago (1-1 at home, 0-2 on the road).
  • The Thunder is 0-2 against the Suns so far this season (0-0 at home, 0-2 on the road).

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