National Basketball Association
Preview
Oklahoma City vs Phoenix
When: 2:30 PM ET, Monday, August 10, 2020
Where: HP Field House, Kissimmee, Florida

There's no question the Phoenix Suns are the biggest surprise of the NBA bubble as the only undefeated team at 5-0.

The Suns get a chance to continue to shock the basketball world when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday afternoon near Orlando.

Phoenix (31-39) can keep its postseason hopes alive with another win. It's likely the Suns will need to win their three remaining games in the bubble and get help through losses by the Memphis Grizzlies or Portland Trail Blazers to make a play-in game, but there's no shortage of belief among the Suns.

All-Star guard Devin Booker, who scored 35 points in Saturday's 119-112 win over the Miami Heat, said he's excited to see the team thrilling fans back in Arizona with its play. The Suns haven't been to the postseason since the 2009-10 campaign.

"Since I've been in Phoenix, we haven't had the win success, but the support has been there," Booker told the Arizona Republic. "This is what we owe to the fans, we owe it to the organization. It's been a long time for us and I think this bubble opportunity was big for us and we're taking advantage of it."

It won't be easy. Starting with the Thunder, the Suns play three games in four days to round out the seeding round.

But the Suns are doing things now they never came close to doing before the league shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Phoenix never won more than three games in a row all season, and it's getting production from role players Dario Saric, Jevon Carter, Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne.

Booker, the team's leader and top scorer, is turning heads with his play, which includes a buzzer-beater to send the Suns to a win over the Los Angeles Clippers last week.

The Thunder (43-26) are chasing the Houston Rockets for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. They're 3-2 in the bubble, with wins over the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers and Washington Wizards and losses to the Denver Nuggets and Memphis Grizzlies.

Oklahoma City is playing the second of back-to-back games after its 121-103 win over the Wizards on Sunday afternoon. The Thunder never trailed in the game and got a career high 23 points from rookie Darius Bazley off the bench.

"When the ball gets in my hands it's all about just making the right play," a confident Bazley told Fox Sports Oklahoma after the game. "What's the right basketball play? Whether it's shooting that shot or taking the drive or making the pass, whatever it is."

The Thunder played without starting center Steven Adams (bruised lower leg) as well as Andre Roberson (foot soreness), Nerlens Noel (ankle) and NBA Sixth Man of the Year finalist Dennis Schroder, who is away from the team for personal reasons. But Oklahoma City went outside without Adams and Noel, matching a season high with 18 3-pointers.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Oklahoma City 43-26 W1 22-14 20-11 6-3 37-23 8-5 27-17
Phoenix 31-39 W6 13-21 13-17 5-3 26-36 6-9 17-27
Last Meeting
Oklahoma City Phoenix
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/31/20 OKC 111 PHO 107 111 41 43.3 107 40 47.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City D. Gallinari 27 52.9 8
Phoenix D. Booker 27 50.0 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Gilgeous-Alexander 9 3 6
Phoenix K. Oubre Jr. 11 2 9
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City C. Paul 10
Phoenix R. Rubio 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Oklahoma City S. Gilgeous-Alexander 1400 47.0 306
Phoenix D. Booker 1846 48.3 459
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Oklahoma City S. Adams 602 215 387
Phoenix D. Ayton 450 157 293
Assists Player  
Oklahoma City C. Paul 472
Phoenix R. Rubio 564
Quickchart Matchup
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Off vs  Phoenix Phoenix Defense
Oklahoma City Off vs Phoenix - Points For 110.6 Points For
Oklahoma City Off vs Phoenix - Points Against 113.7 Points Against
Oklahoma City - FG% 47.1 FG%
Phoenix - FG% 47.3 FG%
Oklahoma City - Reb 42.8 Reb
Phoenix - Reb 43.5 Reb
Phoenix Phoenix Off vs  Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Defense
Phoenix Off vs Oklahoma City - Points For 113.0 Points For
Phoenix Off vs Oklahoma City - Points Against 108.1 Points Against
Phoenix - FG% 46.5 FG%
Oklahoma City - FG% 45.5 FG%
Phoenix - Reb 43.4 Reb
Oklahoma City - Reb 44.5 Reb