Suns vs. Thunder - 2/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma City Thunder (32-25) at Phoenix Suns (29-28)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns +5 -- Over/Under: 216.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSOK, TNT
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns meet Thursday night at the US Airways Center.
The Oklahoma City Thunder look to stay hot after winning their last seven games. On the season, OKC is averaging 101.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 98.5 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.9 points and eight assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.9 rebounds and Dion Waiters is shooting 37.6 percent from the field. The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing great defense during this stretch, as they’re allowing 39.1 percent shooting in their last five games. That type of defense would lead to a lot of wins even if Kevin Durant remains sidelined with a foot injury. The Thunder are just 13-17 SU on the road.
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The Phoenix Suns have lost five of their last six games and look for their first back-to-back wins this month. On the season, the Suns are averaging 106.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 105.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Eric Bledsoe is averaging 17.1 points and six assists while Brandon Knight is averaging 16.5 points and 4.5 assists. Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.9 rebounds and Gerald Green is shooting 41.4 percent from the field. The Phoenix Suns are still trying to adjust to their new roster but are coming off a Wednesday win over the Nuggets in which they grabbed 65 rebounds and allowed just 38.3 percent shooting from the field. The Suns must keep winning if they hope to remain in the playoff race.
The Thunder are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Pacific and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Thunder are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
If the Suns are going to get back in the playoff convo, this is one of those games they must win. It's also a winnable game for Phoenix considering Durant is still out with a foot injury. I'll take a shot with the points here given that the Suns must win this game.