Natural Forces Collide
The Phoenix Suns have the NBA’s best record at 48-10. Thursday, they’re facing one of the better teams at covering spreads in the Oklahoma City Thunder as the post All-Star break portion of the schedule begins.
It’s an intriguing contest and the Suns are without former (one-season) OKC mainstay Chris Paul,. So, missing their floor general could open the door for the Thunder.
The sportsbook has the Suns as -10 road favorites.
The Sun is Still Shining
Bettors have been waiting for the Phoenix Suns to set, but it’s simply not happening.
Last season’s finalists are riding another run-this one seven consecutive wins-and before the All Star break, they secured victories over defending champion Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and the L.A. Clippers.
Phoenix failed to cover the spread in their last two games, however, but 32-26 ATS isn’t all that bad
Betting online markets will always have the Suns at shorter odds than most teams, but the Paul injury has linemakers acting with caution.
Based on win-loss records, the Suns should be 14-point favorites here. However, without Paul and facing a scrappy Thunder side, the line is somewhat less.
The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last six meetings in Oklahoma City, so that’s counting against them.
Thunder Keeping Bettors Happy
It might be another long season for Oklahoma City Thunder fans, but not for those who have bet on them.
They are 35-19-4 ATS, which is a much better record than an 18-40 overall record. The Thunder have been hanging around against tough opposition, including covering a +9½ spread against the Chicago Bulls earlier this month.
Though not winning is frustrating, the Thunder’s play should give bettors confidence. They’re also playing at home.
Rookie Josh Giddey is getting high praise in many places, including LeBron James.
“He is really, really, really good. He has a great pace in the game. Great vision. I’ve always loved pass-first guards who can see plays happen before they happen,” James told Sports Illustrated. “Josh is one of those kids who can definitely see the game a lot quicker than a lot of guys out on the floor, and he has shown it. I think he has three straight triple-doubles and playing beautiful basketball.”
Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are reasons to be confident in the Thunder.
Phoenix Suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder Head-to-Head
In five times since last January, Phoenix is 4-1.
However, the Thunder are 3-2 ATS, once again showing an ability to keep games close.
The Thunder have covered seven of the last 10 spread against the Suns.
Phoenix Suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder Game Information
- Game: Phoenix Suns (48-10) at Oklahoma City Thunder (18-40)
- Day/Time: Thursday, Feb. 24th, 8:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Phoenix Suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Lines
Phoenix Suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction
There is little doubt that the Suns are the better team, but that hasn’t equated to covering spreads.
The Thunder cover and have an excellent record against Phoenix, so they’re one of our NBA best bets. Giddey and Gilgeous-Alexander are terrific, and that should result in the Thunder covering the +10 number.