The Phoenix Suns (32-28) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-30) on February 24, 2023 at Footprint Center. The Suns are strongly favored, by eight points, in a contest pitting one of the NBA’s best defensive teams versus one of the highest-scoring squads. The Suns are fifth in points allowed per contest (111.3), while the Thunder are fourth in points scored (117.9). The matchup has a 228 point total.
How to bet Suns vs. Thunder
Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 8 points, with bookmakers listing the Suns as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Suns have -347 odds to pick up the win, while the Thunder are listed at +275 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 228 points.
Suns vs. Thunder Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, February 24, 2023
- Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Location: Phoenix, Arizona
- Arena: Footprint Center
Suns vs. Thunder Betting Trends
The Suns have played 60 games, with 31 wins against the spread. Phoenix has been chosen as the favorite in 36 games this year and has walked away with the win 23 times (63.9%) in those games. The Suns have eclipsed the over/under in 44.8% of their opportunities this year (26 times over 58 games with a set point total).
Against the spread, the Thunder are 37-21-0 this year. Oklahoma City has won 19 of the 40 games it was the underdog on the moneyline this season (47.5%). Thunder games this year have eclipsed the over/under 31 times in 58 opportunities (53.4%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Suns vs. Thunder Injury Report
Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Questionable (Ankle), Aleksej Pokusevski: Out (Leg)
What you need to know about the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix is scoring 112.7 points per game this season (22nd-ranked in NBA), but it has really thrived on defense, allowing only 111.3 points per contest (fifth-best). The Suns are putting up 113.4 points per game in home games. In away games, they are averaging 111.9 points per contest. In their last 10 games, the Suns have been putting up 113.1 points per contest, an average that’s slightly higher than the 112.7 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 season.
With 12.3 three-pointers per game, Phoenix is 12th in the NBA. It sports a 37.8% shooting percentage from three-point land, which ranks sixth in the league. Of the shots taken by the Suns in 2022-23, 63.7% of them have been two-pointers (70.4% of the team’s made baskets) and 36.3% have been threes (29.6%).
What you need to know about the Oklahoma City Thunder
Offensively, Oklahoma City is the fourth-best team in the NBA (117.9 points per game). On defense, it is 20th (116.3 points conceded per game). In 2022-23 the Thunder are scoring 4.8 more points per game at home (120.3) than away (115.5). The Thunder are putting up 122.8 points per game over their last 10 games, compared to their season average of 117.9.
Beyond the arc, Oklahoma City is 14th in the league in 3-pointers made per game (12.1). It is 13th in 3-point percentage at 36.1%. The Thunder attempt 63.9% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 36.1% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 72.2% of the Thunder’s baskets are 2-pointers, and 27.8% are 3-pointers.
Our pick to win this game is the Suns, and we expect that Thunder will cover the spread (Suns -8). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 228 points.
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