The Phoenix Suns (36-29) host the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-34) on March 8, 2023 at Footprint Center. The Suns are strongly favored, by 13.5 points, in a contest pitting one of the NBA’s strongest defensive squads versus one of the best offensive teams. The Suns are fourth in points allowed per contest (111.1), while the Thunder are second in points scored (118.4). The over/under for the matchup is 233.5 points.
How to bet Suns vs. Thunder
Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 13.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Suns as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Suns have -966 odds to pick up the win, while the Thunder are listed at +638 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 233.5 points.
Suns vs. Thunder Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Game Time: 9:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: BSAZ
- Location: Phoenix, Arizona
- Arena: Footprint Center
Suns vs. Thunder Betting Trends
The Suns have 34 wins against the spread in 65 games this year. Phoenix has been the favorite in 40 games this season and has come away with the win 27 times (67.5%) in those contests. Suns games this year have eclipsed the over/under 44.6% of the time (29 out of 65 games with a set point total).
The Thunder are 40-24-1 against the spread this year. Oklahoma City has compiled a 20-24 record in games it was the underdog on the moneyline (winning 45.5% of those games). Thunder games this season have gone over the total in 37 of 65 opportunities (56.9%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Suns: Landry Shamet: Out (Foot)
Thunder: Kenrich Williams: Out (Wrist), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Out (Injury Management), Aleksej Pokusevski: Out (Leg), Jalen Williams: Out (Wrist)
What you need to know about the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix is scoring 113 points per game this year (20th-ranked in NBA), but it has really provided a lift defensively, giving up only 111.1 points per contest (fourth-best). Offensively the Suns have performed better in home games this season, posting 113.8 points per game, compared to 112.3 per game on the road. The Suns have been scoring 115.2 points per contest in their last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 113 they’ve scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign.
Phoenix ranks fifth-best in the NBA with a three-point shooting percentage of 37.8%. It ranks 14th in the league by sinking 12.3 treys per contest. The Suns have taken 63.6% two-pointers and 36.4% threes this year. Of the team’s baskets, 70.4% are two-pointers and 29.6% are threes.
What you need to know about the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City is the second-best squad in the league in points scored (118.4 per game) and 20th in points allowed (116.8). The Thunder score 121 points per game at home, and 115.5 away. The Thunder are scoring 121.2 points per game over their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 118.4.
Oklahoma City is 12th in the league in 3-pointers made (12.4 per game) and 14th in 3-point percentage (36.3%). The Thunder attempt 63.3% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 36.7% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 71.8% of the Thunder’s buckets are 2-pointers, and 28.2% are 3-pointers.
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