Two Western Conference teams with completely different goals for the season are clashing today, when the Phoenix Suns (15-26), looking to end a losing streak, are hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-17), who have been terrific for the past month and want to continue on the winning ways.
Date/Time: 01-07-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Suns +8.5
Suns have a 15-26 record (19-20-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the West. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Spurs with an 89-103 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Devin Booker with 24.8 ppg, adding 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. He is followed by TJ Warren with 19.6 pgg and 5.6 rebounds per game, while Isiah Canaan adds 10 ppg and a team high 4.9 assists per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersThunder have a 22-17 record (16-23-0 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Clippers with a 127-117 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Russell Westbrook with 24.8 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 9.6 and in assists made, with 10.1 per game. He is followed by Paul George with 21 ppg and 5.4 rebounds, while Carmelo Anthony adds 17.7 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game.
In their four meetings last season, each team won twice and both times at home. Suns are 7-14 at home, while Thunder are 8-10 on the road. Suns are better offensively, scoring 105.5 ppg to Thunder’s 104.9, while Thunder are better defensively, allowing a third-best 100.8 ppg to Suns’ league-low of 112.4. Thunder have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 45.4% to Suns’ 44.4% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 35.8% to Suns’ second-worse of 33.5%. Thunder are also better in assists made (21.1 to 20.6) and in turnovers committed (14.5 to 16), while Suns are only better in rebounding (45.1 to 44.1). Thunder have found their groove in the past month and Vegas odds give them a -8.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the road victory tonight.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns Prediction: Oklahoma City Thunder -8.5 (-109)