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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns Odds
The Suns will be trying to slam the Thunder on Sunday when the teams tip off at US Airways Center in NBA betting action.
(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Suns currently sports a record of 17-34, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 20-29-2 ATS. The Thunder are 38-12 and 29-18-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Suns post a 23-27-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Thunder have gone 25-23-2 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Suns, currently No. 28 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Thunder, who rate No. 2 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 109-95 victory for the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 95.4 PPG, against a Thunder defense that ranks No. 15 at 97.4 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 44.6% so far, less than the Thunder shooters have achieved on the year, 48.2% per game.
Defensively, the Thunder feature the league's No. 12-rated defense on the road, giving up 99 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 in the league in scoring at home.
Phoenix lost its last outing, a 127-96 result against the Thunder on February 8. The Suns failed to cover in that game as a 14-point underdog, while the 223 combined points took the game OVER the total. Phoenix was run off the court by the Thunder on Friday as Oklahoma City blasted them 127-96 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Utah are 7-3
After playing Phoenix are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing LA Lakers are 4-6
After playing Oklahoma City are 8-2
After a loss are 4-6
A few Thunder at Suns trends to consider:
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Oklahoma City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
Oklahoma City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Phoenix's last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Phoenix's last 10 games when playing Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Phoenix's last 18 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City at Utah, Tuesday, February 12
Phoenix at LA Lakers, Tuesday, February 12