NBA Picks: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns
Thursday, 3/6/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma City -4.5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma City -6
Opening Total:  216
Current Total:  217
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Oklahoma City Thunder have dominated the Phoenix Suns in recent years
The Oklahoma City Thunder have dominated the Phoenix Suns in recent years

Oklahoma City has won three games in a row, including a 125-92 blowout victory over the Philadelphia 76ers as 21-point home favorites Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in five contests.  The Thunder are 20-9 SU on the road this season, including an 11-7 mark versus Western Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA betting picks.  Oklahoma City is 4-2 SUATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points during the 2013-14 campaign, with no edge in terms of the betting total (3-3 Over/Under).

The Thunder are off to their best 61-game start in the Oklahoma City era, with much of the success coming due to the play of forward Kevin Durant, who leads the league in scoring.  Oklahoma City is also getting great production from point guard Russell Westbrook over his last four contests—averaging 21.0 points on 58.0 percent shooting over that span.  Defensively, the team ranks fourth in the league in holding opponents to 43.4 percent shooting from the field.

Phoenix had its two-game winning streak snapped Tuesday, as it dropped a 104-96 decision to the Los Angeles Clippers as four-point home underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total of 218.5.  The Suns are 21-12 SU at the US Airways Center, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro basketball odds page.  Point guard Goran Dragic is the main player to watch—averaging 22.4 points and 6.5 assists over his last 31 contests.  Phoenix is 3-2 SUATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points this season.

The Suns have dropped their last 11 games against the Thunder, including a 103-96 setback as 12.5-point road underdogs in the first meeting on Nov. 3.  Phoenix is fourth in the NBA in knocking down 9.3 three-pointers per game, while it paces the league in scoring 18.9 fast-break points a contest.  The team has compiled a 31-9 SU record when scoring 100 or more points this season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Thunder due to the road team being 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in this series.

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