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OKC is 2-0 this season against Phoenix, but can they hand the Suns their first loss in the Bubble?

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The Phoenix Suns are on fire, literally.

They are the only undefeated team left in the Bubble, so it should be easy to say the Oklahoma City Thunder can hand Phoenix their first loss, right?

Well, honestly, I don’t know.

OKC should have won against the Denver Nuggets and the Memphis Grizzlies. It seemed injuries and lacked intensity were their downfall.

The Thunder are 2-0 against the Suns this season - having defeated them 126-108 back on Dec. 20 behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 32 points, Steven Adams’ 9 boards, and Chris Paul’s 7 assists. OKC also won 111-107 back on Jan. 31 with the help of Danilo Gallinari’s 27 points, SGA’s 9 rebounds, and Paul’s 10 assists.

Phoenix’s Devin Booker is averaging 29.4 points per game after the restart. And as long as he continues to dominate, the Suns are on solid ground.

When it comes to shooting, Oklahoma City is pretty good. They are tied for 6th place at 47.1%. But shooting from downtown is another story, with the team only landing 35.3% of their shots from behind the arch.

We all know 15-year vet Paul is the Jedi Master, but SGA (19.1) and Gallinari (19) are helping the team as they both are two of the leading scorers for OKC.

But one thing that hurts OKC’s chances of winning are players being hurt.

Today, you won’t be seeing Dennis Schroder (personal), SGA (calf), Adams (leg), Nerlens Noel (ankle), and Gallo (ankle), according to FantasyLabs NBA.

Currently, OKC is fifth in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of the sixth-place Utah Jazz, and a half-game behind the Houston Rockets for fifth place in the conference.

So in other words, I believe Suns will roll past the Thunder and will remain undefeated.

When: Monday at 1:30 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: 98.1 FM (OKC) and 97.1 FM (Tulsa)


Who do you think will win today’s game

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  • 30%
    Oklahoma City Thunder
    (9 votes)
  • 70%
    Phoenix Suns
    (21 votes)
30 votes total Vote Now