Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 3/6/14
Oklahoma City Thunder (45-15) at Phoenix Suns (35-24)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the Valley of the Sun to take on the Phoenix Suns tonight.
The Thunder have won six of their last nine and will be going for a fourth straight win tonight after demolishing the 76ers by 125-92 on Tuesday. In one of the most one-sided matchups I've ever seen, Kevin Durant poured in 42 points on 14 of 20 shooting while Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in less than 21 minutes of court time. As a team, the Thunder shot an easy 56.6 percent from the field and never looked like losing the game after leading by 37-23 at the end of the first quarter. Of course, you have to take those impressive stats with a grain of salt because the 76ers really have been terrible lately, but it was still good to see that the Thunder didn't take it easy or show mercy against the worst team in the league.
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Meanwhile, the Suns just had their two-game win streak snapped by one of the best teams in the league as they lost to the Clippers by 104-96 on Tuesday. After allowing 120 points in their previous game, the Suns made sure to play defense against the Clippers and with that, they were able to build an 11-point lead going into halftime. That lead would vanish into thin air in the third quarter as Matt Barnes scored 18 of his season-high 28 points in the quarter to lead the Clippers who made 15 of 20 from the field. Phoenix made a nice 11-0 run in the fourth quarter but it just wasn't enough as they fell to 21-12 at home and 35-25 on the season, leaving them just half a game ahead of the ninth-placed Grizzlies in the West.
In ATS trends, the Thunder are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games, while the Suns are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games following a loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Thunder are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings and 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Phoenix.
The Suns really couldn't handle the Clippers in their last outing and I expect more of the same against the Thunder tonight. KD and Westbrook could just prove to be too much tonight.