NBA Previews, Suns vs Thunder and More
The Suns and the Thunder are two of the hottest teams in the league and even though Oklahoma City is favored by several points they are still a good bet having the second best ATS record in the Western Conference.
Phoenix Suns (34-23) at Oklahoma City Thunder (33-21)
has the Thunder as 6.5 point favorites in this game with a total of 201.5.
This season the Thunder are 16-10 at home and 33-21 ATS and the Suns are 14-16 on the road and 30-26-1 ATS.
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The Thunder are simply on fire, as they have won nine games in a row and only trail the Denver Nuggets by three games in the Northwest Division. The Suns have won two games in a row and are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
The Thunder are in fifth place in the West and only lead the sixth place Suns by ½ game.
Earlier this season the Thunder beat the Suns in Phoenix 117-113, which snapped Oklahoma City’s nine game losing streak to the Suns.
Kevin Durant (29.8 ppg) has scored at least 25 points in his last 28 games, which is the second longest streak ever after Michael Jordan’s impressive 40 game run in 1986-1987.
The Thunder’s offense has really been clicking averaging 104.9 ppg in their nine game winning streak. Even though Phoenix is giving up the third most points in the league this season they are playing better on defense as of late holding their last two opponents to under 90 points.
The Suns will be without Steve Nash (17.6 ppg 11.2 assists per game) will not play in this game due to a sore back.
Amare Stoudemire (21.3 ppg 8.8 rpg) was the big name being floated around before the trade deadline, but it did not affect his play, as in his last nine games he has averaged 25.2 ppg and 11.6 rpg.
The Suns have the highest scoring offense in the league and tonight will be facing a Thunder defense that has held 26 straight opponents to under 50% shooting from the field.
In 10 of the last 13 games between these two teams the total has gone Under.
Wednesday Big Games
Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs
The Thunder are en fuego since before the All Star break while San Antonio is not. The Spurs have lost two in a row, are only 5-5 in their last 10 games, and are in the seventh position in the Western Conference.
L.A. Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
The Lakers are coming off a loss, but are 7-3 in their last 10 games, recently got Kobe Bryant back from his ankle injury, and they lead the Western Conference by five games. It looks as if the big trade for Dallas is starting to work out, as they have won four games in a row.
Thursday Big Games
Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers
The Pacers’ season has not been a good one to say the least and the playoffs are a long shot. The Bucks have been playing well, as they have won three in a row, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and are currently in the eighth position in the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
Since pulling the trigger on the Antawn Jamison trade the Cavs have yet to win, as they have lost three straight games. The Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 games and trail the Cavs by 6.5 games in the East. This may be a preview of the Eastern Conference finals.