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Suns vs Thunder NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder
- Where: Oklahoma City at Paycom Center
- Date: Sunday, April 2nd
- Betting Odds OKC +4.5, PHO -204 | OKC +169 O/U 234.5
The Suns come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 42-35. So far, the team has gone 40-35-2 against the spread. The Suns entered today’s game having picked up 4 straight wins. They have won these games by an average of 12.0 points.
Phoenix is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Nuggets. Going into the game, they were 13 point favorites against the spread. Their 100-93 victory was not enough to cover. Phoenix only let the Nuggets marginally cut into their 20 point halftime lead. In the win, Kevin Durant led the team in scoring with 30 points on a field goal percentage of 73.3%.
So far, the Thunder have put together an overall record of 38-40, while going 44-33-1 vs the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Thunder are averaging 119 points per game while allowing 121. This has led to a record of 1-2.
The Thunder are coming off a dissappointing 121-117 loss to the Pacers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 5 points. Oklahoma City was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Pacers by 4 going into halftime. In the loss, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in scoring with 39 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Suns picked up the 124-115 win over the Thunder. The Suns point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 8.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Suns have a record of 2-1 vs the Thunder. Similar to their season-long average, the Suns averaged 112.0 points per game vs the Thunder. Similar to the Suns, the Thunder scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Phoenix, the team averaged 104.75 points per game. The Suns have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 7 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 231 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 77 games, Phoenix is averaging 113.5 points per game (18th). Coming into today’s game, the Suns will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.2 made 3’s per game. If Phoenix continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 21st in the league in possessions per game.
So far, the Suns have played well defensively, as they are ranked 9th in the league at 107.33 points per contest.
Shooting Guard Devin Booker currently leads the Suns at 28.1 points per game. For the season, he is 14th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Booker is averaging 4.5 boards and 5.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 30th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Kevin Durant enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 44 games, he is averaging 29.2 and is 11th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Through 78 games, Oklahoma City is the 5th best scoring team at 117.4 points per game. So far, Oklahoma City is averaging 101.4 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 53.2%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
Against the Suns, the Thunder will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 15th in points allowed.
Point-Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander currently leads the Thunder at 31.4 points per game. For the season, he is 9th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 4.8 boards and 5.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 20th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Josh Giddey enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 73 games, he is averaging 16.6 and is 93rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Suns vs Thunder Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Thunder +4.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 234.5