Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns

 

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Two Western Conference teams will face off against each other on Wednesday as the Oklahoma City Thunder travel to PHX Arena to take on the Phoenix Suns. Oklahoma City enters this game with a 7-9 record after beating Portland on the road by three points in its last game while Phoenix enters this game with an 8-7 record after losing to Denver at home by eight points in its last game. This game will start at 9:00 P.M. EST.

Thunder Look For Another Road Win

The Oklahoma City Thunder enter this game on a high note after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers on the road by three points in their last game. In that game, Oklahoma City’s offense was fantastic as it scored 125 points while shooting 51.2% from the floor and 45.0% from the three-point line. However, that victory was not too surprising since the Thunder have won six of their first ten road games up to this point. Now, Oklahoma City will be looking for another road victory on Wednesday night despite being an underdog once again.

Leading the Thunder offensively is shooting guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander who is averaging a team-high 21.9 points per game along with a team-high 6.4 assists per game. In addition, he is shooting 51.7% from the floor as he has been very efficient offensively up to this point.

Following the victory against Portland, Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault was extremely pleased with his team’s effort.

“Top to bottom, I thought our energy, competitiveness, pace, and the thrust we played with was sustained throughout the game, and we got it 1 through 10. Everybody that touched the court brought that type of edge. Obviously, really, really happy with the way we played.”

Phoenix Looks To Snap Its Losing Streak

The Phoenix Suns have been struggling a bit lately as they have lost each of their last two games including an eight-point overtime home loss to the Denver Nuggets in their last game. In that game, Phoenix’s offense struggled as it scored 112 points while shooting just 30.2% from the three-point line. Now, the Suns will be looking to snap their losing streak with another home game up next. However, Phoenix has split its first six home games as it has looked quite average at PHX Arena up to this point. If the Suns plan on getting back on track, then they will need to be a lot more efficient from behind the arc.

Leading the Suns offensively is guard Devin Booker who is averaging a team-high 22.9 points per game along with 4.1 assists per game. However, he is also averaging a team-high 4.1 turnovers per game as he has struggled with his ball security up to this point.

Leading up to this game, Phoenix point guard Chris Paul discussed a few small adjustments will lead to a lot more success in the future.

“I see what our team is capable of, and once we make this little tweak here or tweak there, then it’s the belief of knowing that you can win; that’s very important for a team. I think it will be huge to pull out a few of these games, and then it’s just this confidence we have going into games.”

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:
 

Phoenix might be in a bit of a slump but it is still the much more talented basketball teal in this matchup so I think that this spread is a bit too low. Phoenix ranks tenth in the league in terms of offensive efficiency while Oklahoma City ranks 27th in the league in terms of offensive efficiency so I expect the Thunder to struggle scoring enough points in order to cover this spread. Plus, Phoenix is shooting roughly one percent higher from the floor so it should be able to make enough shots in order to win this game by a decent margin.

Prediction:
Phoenix Suns

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:
 

Both of these teams have been mediocre at best offensively this season so I think that this total is a bit too high. Oklahoma City ranks 19th in the league in terms of effective field goal percentage while Phoenix ranks tenth in the league in terms of effective field goal percentage so I expect both teams to struggle shooting over these 48 minutes. Phoenix also ranks 29th in the league in terms of pace while Oklahoma City ranks tied for 11th in the league in terms of pace so I expect both teams to be forced to play within the halfcourt which will eat up a lot of clock. As a result, I think that there is some value on the under.

Prediction:
Under The Posted Total

Half-Time Side Pick
Rating:
 

Phoenix has been struggling lately but that was against quality opposition so I think that the Suns should be able to get off to a fast start at home over the first 24 minutes of this game. Phoenix has the better offense and defense according to efficiency so I expect Oklahoma City to fall behind rather quickly in this contest. Plus, Phoenix ranks tied for 16th in the league in terms of rebounding rate while Oklahoma city ranks 29th in the league in terms of rebounding rate so I expect the Suns to generate enough second chance points in order to cover this point spread.

Prediction:
Phoenix Suns 1H