NBA Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns Odds and Trends

  on March 07 2014 3:11 AM
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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is finally back to form after his recent injury. The Phoenix Suns are still short-handed but still have Goran Dragic, one of the best court generals in the NBA.

Westbrook and Dragic go head-to-head on Thursday night when their teams meet in one of the marquee match-ups of the day.

The Thunder at 46-15 are sitting atop the Western Conference. Uncomfortably however, as the San Antonio Spurs (44-16) are just one and a half games behind them.

A more interesting battle is happening at the bottom half of the playoff picture. The Suns are at 7th place with a 35-25 record and the likes of the Dallas Mavericks (36-26) and Memphis Grizzlies (34-26) are just a few games back.

Phoenix wants to stay in the playoff picture but they need to play better after going just 2-3 in their last 5 games. Last time they played at home, the Los Angeles Clippers beat them, 104-96. The Suns allowed the Clippers to shoot 51.3 per cent from the field (40/78 FG).

P.J. Tucker led the Suns scoring with 18 points while Dragic struggled missing 9-of-14 shots for just 12 points.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant had 42 points, Russell Westbrook ended up with a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in a blowout win over the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, 125-92.

Betting Lines: Oklahoma City Thunder (-6) vs. Phoenix Suns (O/U: 215.5) Game time: 12 noon AEDT

Betting Against the Spread (ATS)

Oklahoma City Thunder Trends - The Thunder are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on the road - The Thunder are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games after an ATS loss - The Thunder 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. West teams

Phoenix Suns Trends - The Suns are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games vs. Northwest teams - The Suns are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games after an ATS loss - The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. West teams

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