Suns at Thunder - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (12-20) at Oklahoma City Thunder (21-10)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -14.5 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSAZ, FSOK
The Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder play New Year’s Eve at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Phoenix Suns need a nice victory to snap a six-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 103.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Brandon Knight is averaging 19.8 points and 5.2 assists while T.J. Warren is averaging 10.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. Jon Leuer is grabbing six rebounds and Mirza Teletovic is dishing one assist. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.1 percent from the free throw line. The Suns are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost four straight road games.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder look to keep rolling after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 108.6 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 100.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 26.6 points and 7.5 rebounds while Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.6 points and 9.3 assists. Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Dion Waiters is dishing 1.8 assists. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Thunder are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won 10 of their last 11 home games.
The Suns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest. The Thunder are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The Suns are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma City.
I know the Suns are banged up and playing on the end of a back-to-back, but the Thunder aren't exactly blowing teams out. Also, OKC is just 5-5 ATS when a double-digit favorite. I'll take a shot with the truckload of points here.