The Oklahoma City Thunder (5-4) travel to face off against the Phoenix Suns (4-5) on Sunday, November 12th. This game will be played at Footprint Center in Footprint Center and televised on AZFa. Both the Thunder and Suns will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Thunder vs Suns
The Thunder Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Thunder’s most recent matchup against the Kings saw Shai Gilgeous-Alexander lead the Thunder with 33 points while shooting 14/25 from the field. Jalen Williams contributed 14 points, but Oklahoma City lost the game 105-98.
The Thunder are entering today’s matchup with the goal of not dropping to .500, given their current record of 5-4 over nine games. At this time, the team’s rank is 6th in the Western Conference, and they are also 3rd in the Northwest division.
Against the spread, Oklahoma City have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 6-3 ATS. In their last three home games, Oklahoma City has successfully covered the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 4-2 at home compared to 2-1 on the road.
The Suns Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Kevin Durant scored 38 for Phoenix against the Lakers which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 44.7%. Bradley Beal finished 2nd on the team with 24 points, but Phoenix ended the game with a 122-119 loss.
The Suns head into today’s action with an overall record of 4-5 and have gone 0-3 over their previous three games. Across their nine games, the Suns have recorded a 2-4 record when facing teams from the Western Conference and a 2-1 record in non-conference games.
Phoenix has an overall ATS record of 4-5 as they come into today’s game. Phoenix has failed to cover the spread in three straight home games and are 1-3 ATS at home compared to 3-2 on the road.
Thunder Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Oklahoma City offense is the 8th ranked unit in the NBA, at 116.4 points per contest. When looking at the Thunder pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 101.4. Oklahoma City has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 55%.
Suns Offense Breakdown
The Suns come into today’s game as the 15th ranked scoring offense at 113.2 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Suns are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 100 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 23rd in made field goals per game.
Thunder Team Defense
At present, the Thunder’s defense is ranked 21st, allowing 115.8 points per game.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Thunder defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 53.0% while allowing 35.3% from downtown.
Suns Team Defense
In terms of defense, Suns is currently on par with the NBA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 112.2 points per game.
The Phoenix defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 45.8% of their field goal attempts vs. Phoenix.
Key Players For The Thunder And Suns
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be the primary scorer for the Thunder, with 18 points and going 7/14 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 28.8 points per game, along with 7 rebounds.
As for Phoenix, Devin Booker is projected to be the primary scorer for the Suns. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 17, and adding 4 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 57.5%, and his scoring average is 31.5 points per game.
Thunder vs Suns Trends
- Oklahoma City has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 109 points per game while allowing 110. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Phoenix has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 107 per game. The team went 3-2 overall in these games.
- The Thunder have played well in their last five games as the betting underdog, going 3-2 straight up and 4-1 against the spread.
- As the betting favorite, the Suns have an ATS mark of just 4-6 in their last ten games. Phoenix posted a straight up mark of 6-4 in these matchups.
Thunder vs Suns Prediction
We’re putting our money on the Suns to win, and have the projected score sitting at 115-111. We also like them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to bet on the Suns at -3.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 235 and our model has the Thunder and Suns finishing with a combined 226 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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