This should be an easy one to judge:
The Thunder, the best team in the West, at home against the no 12 team in that same conference. The Suns might have had two games of rest, but the Thunder still have a wicked combo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook filled by 6th man extraordinaire James Harden, and block machine Serge Ibaka. The Suns lost on New Year’s Eve to this very team, a team that happens to bother every single good player on this team. And by good players, I mean Steve Nash and Marcin Gortat.
However, they have two distinct lacks compared to the last meeting. Defensive stopper Thabo Sefolosha is still out for the Thunder, as is Eric Maynor, their backup point guard. These lacks may not be enough to have the Suns beat them, but they may give them a bit of an edge on the bench corps, especially if Robin Lopez manages to perform.
Do not believe in miracles, but if the Suns can play decent defence, as they did in these last few games, a chance is there. Don’t count on it.