Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/3/13
Phoenix Suns (2-0) at Oklahoma City Thunder (1-1)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -4 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns are off to a strong start, but the Suns will be tested on Sunday when they head to OKC to square off against the Thunder.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are sitting at 1-1 this season, following a loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday night, 100-81. The Thunder are off to a bit of a shaky start this season, but going 1-1 on the road to start your season, is tough for anyone. The Thunder will be home on Sunday in their home opener, and you can bet that OKC is ready to see their team again, so expect this to be a tough place to play for the Suns. In their loss to the Timberwolves on Friday, Kevin Durant was held in check, playing just 27 minutes, and scoring just 13 points on the night, for a plus/minus of -20, one of the worst on the team on the night. Leading the team offensively was Lamb off the bench, who finished with 16 against the Timberwolves in 21 minutes of action. I fully expect the Thunder to rebound from their slow start, and OKC should be fine this season.
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The Phoenix Suns are playing good basketball to start the season, as the Suns are off to a 2-0 start, following a win against the Jazz on Friday, 87-84. The Suns are getting it done with solid board play, and strong defense early on this season as Phoenix is averaging 46.5 boards per game, and holding opponents to just 87.5. Of course the season is incredibly early, so, personally I’m not putting a ton of stock into stats like these as of yet. The Suns had three different players with double digit points on the night against the Jazz, with Bledsoe leading the way with 18.
The Suns are a solid 4-2 overall in their last six games. The total has gone under in four of the last six road games for the Suns. Phoenix is just 2-8 against the spread in their last ten games on the road. The Thunder have gone under the total in 12 of their last 16, and OKC is 0-5 ATS in their last five games.
I have to back the Thunder in this spot. The Suns are off to a strong start to be sure, but the Thunder are a much better team than Phoenix, and playing on their home court, and their home opener, should be too tough for the Suns on Sunday.