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National Basketball Association
Preview
Oklahoma City at Phoenix
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 29, 2015
Where: US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

If the Phoenix Suns plan to stay in the race for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference, then a win on Sunday over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder is a must. The Suns trail the Thunder by three games for the No. 8 spot with nine games to play. Phoenix could be catching Oklahoma City at a vulnerable time as the Thunder have lost two straight games and will be playing the second night of a back-to-back.

The Suns are enduring their own two-game slide and are in danger of a losing four-game homestand if they can’t find a way around Oklahoma City. Phoenix will play six of its final eight regular-season games on the road, with all six against teams with winning records. The Thunder are getting over the news that Kevin Durant is lost for the season and are trying to find a way to compliment Russell Westbrook and Enes Kanter on the offensive end.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, NBATV, FSN Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), FSN Arizona (Phoenix)

ABOUT THE THUNDER (41-32): Westbrook put up 37 points, eight rebounds and six assists at Utah on Saturday but also committed nine of Oklahoma City’s 23 turnovers in the 94-89 loss at Utah. The Thunder dropped an embarrassing 130-91 decision at San Antonio to begin the three-game trip but have no more multi-game road trips left after finishing up the three-game excursion at Phoenix. Westbrook had 39 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists at the Suns on Feb. 26 but Oklahoma City shot 38.6 percent from the field in a 117-113 overtime loss.

ABOUT THE SUNS (38-35): Eric Bledsoe nearly turned in his own triple-double with 28 points, 13 boards and nine assists in that Feb. 26 meeting and got plenty of help from Markieff Morris’ 29 points. Morris has scored at least 15 points in eight straight games and is combining with his brother Marcus to give Phoenix a potent frontcourt tandem. Marcus Morris has recorded three double-doubles in the last four games and has gone 9-of-23 from 3-point range in that span.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Kanter has recorded eight straight double-doubles.

2. Suns G Brandon Knight (ankle) has missed the last eight games and is questionable to return Sunday.

3. Phoenix has taken each of its last three home games in the series.

PREDICTION: Suns 101, Thunder 98
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Oklahoma City 41-32 L2 27-9 14-23 28-10 13-22 8-6 21-23
Phoenix 38-35 L2 21-17 17-18 1-4 37-31 6-8 20-24
Last Meeting
Oklahoma City Phoenix
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/26/15 OKC 113 PHO 117 113 50 38.6 117 52 49.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 39 31.6 14
Phoenix M. Morris 29 46.2 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 14 3 11
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 13 4 9
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 11
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 9
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 1665 42.4 494
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 1334 45.6 349
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Ibaka 516 139 377
Phoenix P. Tucker 484 108 376
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City R. Westbrook 539
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 456
Quickchart Matchup
Oklahoma City Off vs  Phoenix Defense
103.2 Points For
103.4 Points Against
44.7 FG%
44.9 FG%
47.5 Reb
44.9 Reb
Phoenix Off vs  Oklahoma City Defense
103.8 Points For
100.9 Points Against
45.4 FG%
43.4 FG%
44.9 Reb
42.8 Reb