Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder- 10/28/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (0-1) at Oklahoma City Thunder (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -9 -- Over/Under: 209 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns and the Oklahoma City Thunder do battle tonight at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Suns will be looking to bounce back after getting routed by 113-94 at the hands of the Kings on Wednesday night. Devin Booker led the scoring with 18 points, Eric Bledsoe added 16 points with five assists while TJ Warren had 14 points but this game was over early as the Suns were down by 19 points going into halftime and never looked threatening in the second half until coach Earl Watson employed his rookies who cut the deficit to 10 points in the fourth quarter to keep things interesting.
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Meanwhile, the Thunder were far from impressive in their first game of the season but they were able to rally late and escape with a 103-97 win thanks to 32 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists from Russell Westbrook. Enes Kanter added 17 points off the bench while Steven Adams chipped in with 16 points, but the Thunder will be looking forward to a lot more production from Victor Oladipo who looked out of place and shot just four of 16 for his 10 points.
In ATS trends, the Suns are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games following a double-digit home loss and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the over is 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Oklahoma City and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
It's hard to back a team like the Suns who are so young and inexperienced, but the Thunder are going through some big changes and will take some time to jel as a team so it's hard to lay so many points this early in the season. I wouldn't be that shocked if this ended up in an upset, but I think the Thunder should be good enough to earn their first home win of the season behind a triple-double from Westbrook.