Oklahoma City Thunder (7-9) at Phoenix Suns (8-7)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 9:00 pm (PHX Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -6 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder pay a visit to the Phoenix Suns at the PHX Arena on Wednesday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost five of their last seven games, but they will be hoping to build some momentum after outlasting the Trailblazers in a 125-122 road win on Monday. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 24 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Mike Muscala added 23 points on eight of 12 shooting off the bench while Darius Bazley chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Thunder shot 51 percent from the field and 18 of 40 from the 3-point line as they squandered an early 17-point lead before going on a pivotal 12-2 run midway through the fourth quarter to allow them to escape with the narrow win.
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns started the season on fire, but they’ve been in a rut as they’ve lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight loss after falling short to the Nuggets in a 120-112 double overtime loss on Saturday. Chris Paul led the team with 21 points, nine rebounds and 13 assists, Jae Crowder added 21 points, Cameron Johnson scored 19 points while DeAndre Ayton chipped in with 17 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks. As a team, the Suns shot just 40 percent from the field and 16 of 53 from the 3-point line as they fell victim to a 3-pointer from Jamal Murray at the end of regulation, before getting rolled in the second overtime period where they scored just six points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Thunder are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 38-17 ATS in their last 55 games playing on one days rest. The Suns are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Phoenix, the Thunder are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Phoenix and the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Thunder were doing it tough before taking down the shorthanded Trailblazers on Monday, while the Suns have really cooled off lately following a quick start to the season. The Thunder are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall, but the Suns are tough to beat at home where they are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games. Devin Booker has already been ruled out with a hamstring injury while George Hill is questionable for the Thunder. This should be a close one, but I feel the Suns will turn things around sooner rather than later and I think it starts with a solid win here behind a big game from Paul and Ayton.