Phoenix Suns (19-47) at Oklahoma City Thunder (37-29)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -11 -- Over/Under: 226.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Phoenix Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Thursday in NBA action at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Phoenix Suns look to play spoiler at this point after losing 13 of their last 14 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 104.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 113.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.2 points and 4.8 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 19.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost 10 of their last 11 road games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder need a win here after splitting their last six games. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 106.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 46 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 25.4 points and 10.2 assists while Paul George is averaging 22.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing nine rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last eight home games.
The Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Western Conference. The Thunder are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 19-8 in the last 27 meetings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are obviously the better team and have things to play for, while the Phoenix Suns are in full tank mode and can't get stops defensively. However, OKC continues to be a hot and cold team that plays down to its comp, and you're never sure what you're going to get each night. The Oklahoma City Thunder are just 4-4 ATS this season as double-digit favorites, while the Phoenix Suns are 11-7 ATS when a double-digit underdog. The Suns can score the ball, and if OKC has another performance where its sleep walking, this game could be close. Give me the points.