The Oklahoma City Thunder (28-30) are eleventh in the Western Conference and are coming off an overtime loss against the Utah Jazz (120-119) in their previous outing.
It was business as usual for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who led his team with 39 points, including 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Josh Giddey was the second-highest scorer for the Thunder with 18 points. However, this wasn’t enough as Lauri Markkanen had 43 massive points and Jordan Clarkson chipped in with 24 points. It proved to be a hard-fought defeat for the Thunder, who will now take on the Phoenix Suns (32-28), fifth in the West but faced a defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers (116-107) in their last outing.
Josh Okogie was the leading scorer for the team with 24 points, followed by Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, who scored 19 and 18 points respectively. However, Paul George’s 26 points and Terrance Mann’s 26 points were enough to seal a win for the Clippers. The Suns are almost at full strength now as Devin Booker has returned to the lineup and a lengthy layoff. Kevin Durant’s inclusion into the team has given them a massive boost. Although he is likely to miss tonight as he is yet to fully recover.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns: Match Details
Fixture: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Phoenix Suns
Date & Time: February 24, Friday, 10:00 p.m ET
Venue: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns: Injury Report
There are a few injury concerns for both teams at the moment. Aleksej Pokusevski is still out for the Thunder due to a knee injury whereas Chet Holmgren is out of the season with a foot injury.
As for the Suns, Cameron Payne misses out due to a foot problem, and Kevin Durant is probable with a knee injury. Landry Shamet is still not fit due to a foot problem.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns: Injury List
|Aleksej Pokusevski||Oklahoma City Thunder||Out||Knee|
|Chet Holmgren||Oklahoma City Thunder||Out||Foot|
|Cameron Payne||Phoenix Suns||Out||Foot|
|Kevin Durant||Phoenix Suns||Probable||Knee|
|Landry Shamet||Phoenix Suns||Out||Foot|
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns: Betting Odds
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+240||+7 (-110)||O 230.5 (-110)|
|Phoenix Suns||-300||-7 (-110)||U 230.5 (-110)|
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns: Starting 5s
Thunder: F Jalen Williams, F Luguentz Dort, C Jaylin Williams, G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G Josh Giddey
Suns: F Josh Okogie, F Torrey Craig, C Deandre Ayton, G Devin Booker, G Chris Paul
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns: Betting Prediction
This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the season as the Suns have a small 6-4 lead over the Thunder in their last ten encounters. Both teams will meet each other coming off losses in their respective games and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
If Durant makes the cut tonight then it will be a big task for the away team to stop him and Booker at the same time. Nevertheless, expect the game to be fiercely competitive. Four of their last five games have remained under the total mark.