Free NBA Pick: Suns vs Thunder Lines
Looking for Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Suns taking on the Thunder on Friday October 28, 2016 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(0-1) Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0)
Date: Friday October 28
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City Oklahoma
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 209
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The Oklahoma City Thunder vie for consecutive wins as they play host to the Phoenix Suns Friday evening.
Oklahoma City began life anew in the post-Durant era with a thrilling road victory over the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers.
Conversely, Earl Watson’s Suns were overcome by a well-balanced Sacramento King iteration.
The Suns parted ways with several veterans this offseason, opting to fill their absence via draft picks and free agent signings.
Gone from the valley of the Sun are, Jon Leuer, Chase Bundinger, Mirza Teletovic, Ronnie Price and talented young wing Archie Goodwin.
Goodwin’s unexpected release was met with shock from most within NBA circles. Phoenix replenished its coffers with a mixture of veterans and draft picks, including: Leandro Barbosa, Jared Dudley, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender and Tyler Ulis.
Ultimately, Phoenix’s blend of youth and veteran role players did not fuse well opposite a versatile Sacramento unit. Eleven Kings players registered in the scorer’s column against an unorganized Suns’ defense.
Additionally, inept ball-handling and sloppy defensive positioning characterized Phoenix’ forgettable opener.
Overall, the Suns committed 18 turnovers, while registering 29 personal fouls.
When facing Oklahoma City, Head Coach Earl Watson is behooved to instill guidance that prevents a repeat of Wednesday’s gauche performance.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It took all of Russell Westbrook’s transcendental talents to overcome a plucky Sixers home stand. However, behind Westrbook’s 32/12/9, the Thunder put further barrier between themselves and a harrowing offseason with a win.
Westbrook was buttressed by Enes Kanter’s resounding performance.
Long maligned for his porous defense, Kanter’s bench-leading -plus 9 was of greater magnitude than his 17 points and 12 rebounds (5 offensive).
Although Victor Oladipo floundered in his OKC debut, expect the talented 24-year-old to redeem himself Friday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Phoenix is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games.
- Phoenix has made the playoffs only once this decade.
- OKC went under the spread vs. Philadelphia.
Free Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
While Oklahoma City appeared suspect during the opening 45 minutes against Philadelphia, one gets the sense they will be refocused for a raucous Chesapeake Energy Arena.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Suns +9.5
Of all the teams to compete thus far, the Suns’ lack of execution has been most pronounced. Oklahoma City will defeat visiting Phoenix by a competitive, yet comfortable margin.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Phoenix Suns 101 – Oklahoma City 108
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