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2023 NBA Handicapping – Thunder vs. Phoenix
() OKC Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns (32-27)
Date: Wednesday, March 8th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Moneyline NBA Odds: Thunder +650| Suns -800 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -12.5
Today’s NBA Betting Total: 234
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As can be seen, the OKC Thunder last played Tuesday beating the Warriors 137-128 while the Suns have been off since Sunday when they lost 126-130 to the Suns.
The Thunder are 40-24-1 overall against the spread this season. Also, they are 19-10-1 ATS as the away team. Additionally, the Suns are 35-28-2 against the spread this season. Also, they are 17-13-1 ATS as the home team. So, let’s get to the OKC Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns free pick!
Wednesday, March 8th, finds the OKC Thunder playing the Phoenix Suns for the second of four occasions this season. Phoenix took the initial meeting 124-115 on February 24th. OKC will host the next two games on March 19th and April 2nd
Last season the clubs played four times with the Suns winning three of the contests. The Suns hold the all-time record with 134 wins in 250 matches versus the Thunder.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and rankings are current as of this writing, Tuesday, March 7th. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Wednesday March 8th
It’s amazing what getting back your best player can do as the OKC Thunder are recognizing with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander back after a brief hiatus dealing with an ankle and hip injury.
Golden State also had Steph Curry back (as he dropped 10 triples on the Thunder) but ultimately it was SGA and his leadership that led the OKC to their first consecutive victories since February 10th.
Offensively, the Thunder scores 118.4 points per game ranking a surprising second while shooting 47.1% from the field and 36.3% from deep ranking 18th and 14th respectively.
Meanwhile, OKC limits opponents to 116.8 points per game ranking 20th as foes shoot 47.2% from the field and 35.8% from deep ranking 13th and 14th respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OUT —rest)
- Jalen Williams SG (questionable —wrist)
- Kenrich Williams G (OUT for season right —wrist)
- Aleksej Pokusevski SF (OUT—leg)
- Chet Holmgren, PF (OUT for season, foot)
There’s nothing worse than focusing on how games are officiated it takes away from the pure pleasure of the match. Likewise, it’s annoying to watch a player use tricks to outsmart officials and win games.
During the James Harden Rockets era I abhorred having to sit through those matches. Chris Paul is another player who brings out that annoyance from me and as he’s gotten older it’s only increased but now he’s also teaching all his teammates how to do it too.
No team flops more than the Suns, runs and stops in the middle of their fast break (if being trailed by an opponent) or baits an opponent than flops once the ref looks as much as Phoenix.
They’ve won copious close games with these antics. Now that Kevin Durant (who wouldn’t flop if you paid him to) is part of the fold it will be interesting to witness whether this nonsense stops, lessens or remains status quo.
Phoenix averages 113.0 points per game ranking 20th while shooting 46.6% from the field and 37.8% from the perimeter ranking 24th and fifth overall.
Defensively opponents score 111.1 points ranking fourth-best. Meanwhile, they limit opponent shooting to 46.5% from the field and 35.7% from the perimeter ranking sixth and 13th respectively.
To summarize the injury report…
- Josh Okogie (available — nasal fracture)
- Landry Shamet PG (OUT indefinitely — ankle)
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OKC Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Betting Trends:
- At this point, the Thunder are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against Phoenix.
- Also, the Thunder are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games played in March.
- By comparison, the Suns are 13-5-2 ATS in their last 20 games.
- Finally, the Suns are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
Free OKC Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
There is always a certain amount of angst when the Thunder play KD, even though this is his third team since being in OKC. For the superstar he also tends to get up for matches against his drafting team.
But with the Thunder playing a back-to-back and the Suns resting since Sunday this should be an easy Phoenix win.
The question is merely a matter of the point spread and while I typically take the points especially with a team like the Thunder who cover so well there is reason to pause… the NBA official injury update isn’t in for OKC but another site is listing SGA as out for rest.
For now I’ll take the points but if both SGA and Jalen Williams are out consider shifting to the Suns.
4* Free OKC Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Betting Pick: Thunder +12.5
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