For the second time in the past week, the Phoenix Suns will host the Oklahoma City Thunder. While they hold the second-best record in the NBA, the Suns currently have only a two-game losing streak and will be motivated to take another win over the Thunder today.
Phoenix is at home 15-4 this season, which is proving extremely difficult for teams to come in and beat. Oklahoma City have been looking solid lately, though their roster has been pretty exhausted in this matchup.
What does it take for the Thunder to get a win?
The Thunder goes into the day as 15-point underdogs to the Suns, and the over/under total is 217.5 points.
KEYS TO GAME:
These two teams faced each other less than a week ago as Oklahoma City put in a great effort and kept the game competitive until the very last minutes. This time around, the shorthanded Thunder will look very different in terms of who is available to take the floor.
If they want to keep this game close, the emphasis is on shutting down Deandre Ayton will be needed. A dominant large, the underpowered Thunder roster allowed him to produce 19 points and 12 boards last week. Additionally, Devin Booker was able to scorch OKC with 30 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.
Phoenix is a well-balanced team but includes both those two young players and an experienced point guard Chris Paul is key in slowing down the suns.
Oklahoma City Thunder (12-21) vs. Phoenix Suns (26-7)
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 8:00 PM CT
Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Television / RADIO:
Bally Sports Oklahoma, NBA League Pass, 98.1 FM The Sports Animal
The Thunder are extremely short-sighted with a handful of players who have recently introduced health and safety protocols. Against one of the best teams in the NBA, the odds are stacked against their advantage in this matchup.
With that in mind, it will be a great opportunity for some of the less experienced players to get some good minutes against a great team.
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