Thunder Aim To Blunt Suns Momentum
The Phoenix Suns have won four straight to improve to fourth in the Western Conference playoff picture. They probably can’t move up as at last check, the NBA news and standings showed that the third-place Sacramento Kings are five games up.
However, the Suns have to be careful not to fall as the Golden State Warriors are 1.5 games back. The Suns are favored over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday but can they avoid any slipups?
Suns Have Difference-Maker on the Roster
Devin Booker and Chris Paul did their best to do the heavy lifting for a while but they finally got Kevin Durant back in the lineup. That’s good news because in the five games he has played with the team since the trade, Phoenix has won all of them.
Those who bet online saw him drop 30 points in their last game against the Denver Nuggets with Devin Booker pouring in 27l. Simply put, when Durant is available, this team could be scary-good.
Despite some ankle and leg injuries that Durant has recently suffered, he sure did look fine against Denver. He hit 11 out of his 15 shots on the night to show that he’s still got what it takes to propel the Suns to a Western Conference title.
Thunder Can’t Be Counted Out Yet
Oklahoma City might have one of the youngest rosters in the league, yet they remain just two games under .500. They have a genuine shot at making the postseason in a loaded Western Conference.
Their first step to doing so is taking down the Phoenix Suns this Sunday even though they’re the underdog, according to the NBA odds.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is on fire as he’s coming off an effort where he dropped 39 points and nine rebounds in a tight loss to the Indiana Pacers. He’s averaging 32.8 points per game over his last 10.
The good news here is that the Thunder are at home in this spot. While they’re only 23-16 at home on the season, they’ve won six of their last seven there. Keep that in mind as you’re making your sports bets.
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Suns vs Thunder Head-to-Head
These teams have split the season series against one another, winning one each. One of those meetings was in Oklahoma City just a few weeks ago when the Thunder won 124-120.
Suns vs Thunder Game Information
- Game: Suns (42-35) vs Thunder (38-40)
- Location: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
- Day/Time: Sunday, 7 p.m. ET
- Thunder vs Suns Live stream: NBA Game Pass
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Suns vs Thunder Picks and Prediction
This is certainly going to be a close game with the way that the young Thunder have battled lately. However, with a 5.5-point spread in the sportsbook in favor of the Suns, this one might lean toward them.
With Durant, Booker, Paul and some momentum, the Suns are the play here. They’re also looking for revenge after losing to Oklahoma City recently. Lay the points with Phoenix for your NBA picks.
Phoenix is listed a -220 in our Vegas lines. So, if you wager $100 on the Suns, there’s a chance to win $45. Oklahoma City is +180 with a chance to win $180 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Thunder a 35.71% chance to win, with the Suns at 68.75%.
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Suns vs Thunder Previous Game (Feb. 24, 2023)
After trading for Kevin Durant, the Phoenix Suns’ NBA Finals odds skyrocketed, but with him injured, how good this team could be was all theory. Now that we have seen him on the court, the Suns have valid evidence of how good they can be. That was displayed in Sunday’s 130-126 win over the Dallas Mavericks, with Durant and Devin Booker combining for 73 points.
Phoenix’s next opponent will be the Oklahoma City Thunder in Durant’s first home game. The Thunder are trying to stay relevant in the play-in and keep their NBA playoff odds alive, having lost the first five games after the All-Star break. Since then, they have won three straight, beating the Golden State Warriors 137-128 on the first of this back-to-back.