Thunder visit Suns with Western Conference playoff race up in air
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a perfect 7-0 straight up and against the spread over their last seven games. They will look to continue their tear on Thursday night when they visit the Phoenix Suns in an important matchup in the Western Conference standings.
Oklahoma City is a five-point road favorite against Phoenix according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. This will be a tough game for the Suns with the way that the Thunder are surging and the Suns are plummeting of late.
The Thunder went into the All-Star Break on a 3-0 SU and ATS hot streak and have come out of it playing just as well with a 4-0 SU and ATS record over their last four games. Oklahoma City has averaged 114 points per game over its current winning streak while allowing only 93.4 points per game over its last five games.
When healthy, the Thunder are one of the premier teams in the NBA, and they have been playing like one of late. Oklahoma City is 13-2 SU and 9-6 ATS in its last 15 games against Phoenix according to the OddsShark NBA Database.
A 29-28 SU record would have the Suns comfortably sitting in a playoff spot out in the Eastern Conference, but in the West it puts the Suns three games out of the mix and 10th in the conference entering Wednesday's action.
Phoenix entered Wednesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets suffering through a 1-8 SU and 3-5-1 ATS freefall over its last nine games including five straight losses. The defense had allowed 116.3 points per game over the team's last four games, a daunting number with this red-hot Oklahoma City offense coming to town.
Four of the last five games between these two teams have gone over the total. The total is set at 216.5 points on the NBA betting lines at the sportsbooks.
An upset win at home would help Phoenix stay in the mix for a playoff spot in the brutal Western Conference, but picking up the win against this Oklahoma City squad will be a tall task.