Is Kevin Durant Playing Tonight? (Latest Injury Updates and News for Thunder vs. Suns on Feb. 24)

Devon Platana
Is Kevin Durant playing tonight? Latest injury updates and news for Thunder vs. Suns on Feb. 24.
Is Kevin Durant playing tonight? Latest injury updates and news for Thunder vs. Suns on Feb. 24. / AP Photo/Rick Scuteri

Friday, Feb. 24 sees the Phoenix Suns facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the former's first game following the NBA All-Star Break at 10 p.m. ET. One player's status to keep an eye on ahead of tip-off is Suns star Kevin Durant, who has yet to make his Phoenix debut due to a knee injury.

Kevin Durant Injury Update (2/24/2023)

Unfortunately, Suns fans must wait a little longer to see Durant share the court with the likes of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported on Wednesday the Suns are aiming for Durant to make his team debut on Wednesday, March 1 in a road contest against the Charlotte Hornets.

In other words, Durant will not be suiting up against the Thunder tonight. The good news is that he has been practicing with his teammates, but it's clear that the Suns want him to be 100% before he gets back on the floor.

An MCL sprain has kept Durant out of action for nearly two months. The 13-time NBA All-Star was averaging 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists before suffering his injury. He's also been incredibly efficient, boasting a 67.3% true shooting percentage — the best mark of his career if he can keep it up.

A healthy Durant easily makes Phoenix a threat to win a championship this season. As it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook has the Suns available at +450 odds to win the 2022-23 NBA Championship — third-best in the Association.

Kevin Durant Fantasy Outlook and Prop Bets Today

Due to his missing tonight's contest, Durant isn't available for any prop bets. Despite his absence, the Suns are still 8-point favorites over the Thunder with -335 odds on the moneyline as well. The projected total is set at 229.5 points with the under being favored at -112 odds.

When it comes to FanDuel DFS, Josh Okogie is an interesting name to keep an eye on. He's thrived with the extra minutes he's been getting since Mikal Bridges was traded, averaging 21.3 points (on .554/.556/.727 splits), 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his last four games. With a salary of just $5,800, Okogie is someone you can grab at an amazing bargain for tonight's lineup.

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