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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns - 12/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Phoenix Suns (12-12) at Oklahoma City Thunder (10-13)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)

The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -7 -- Over/Under: 209.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ, FSOK

The Oklahoma City Thunder continue their climb back to .500 as they host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

The Phoenix Suns enter with a .500 record but they’ve also lost four straight games.  The Suns offense is a capable unit averaging 105.4 points per game but the defense is subpar allowing 103.9 points per game.  The Phoenix offense is heavily reliant on the three point shot, as the Suns rank third in the league with 27.1 three point shots attempted per game.  The Suns are hitting 37.3% from behind the arc to rank sixth in the league.  The Suns boast six double digit scorers but the team’s leading rebounder is Markieff Morris with just 6.5 per game.  The guard play of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe will pretty much keep this team in striking distance most games, evidenced by the most recent four losses all coming by narrow margins.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns - 12/14/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are cooking up momentum and are back in the hunt for postseason contention at 10-13.  Kevin Durant is easing back in to form with about 30 minutes of work per game but we know what to expect once the second half of the season kicks into gear.  Russell Westbrook is actually the star of the moment, averaging 25.6 points, 6.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.  Westbrook is actually playing above those season numbers during the team’s five game winning streak, fueled by 53.3% shooting.  The Thunder rank first in the league in points allowed with just 94.3, but we’ll need to keep an eye out for how this defense trends now that the pace and tempo are elevated with the return of Durant and Westbrook.

The Suns have really been losing close and the Thunder are still sub .500 and surging back into the discussion so I will take a chance on the underdog to keep this close or win outright.

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Phoenix Suns +7 (2 units)

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