Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 1/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+6.5)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (7-9) go to Phoenix Suns Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Phoenix Suns (8-7). The line on this matchup has Phoenix as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 223.
The Oklahoma City Thunder faced off with the Portland Blazers and went home with a win by a final score of 125-122 in their last game. Oklahoma City wrapped up the game having earned a 51.2% field goal percentage (43 of 84) and knocked down 18 of their 40 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Thunder knocked down 21 of 35 tries for a rate of 60.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected 43 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 25 assists for this game while earning 5 steals and 6 rejections. In the matter of defending, Oklahoma City allowed 46.9% from the floor on 46 of 98 shooting. Portland distributed 17 assists and had 6 steals in this game. Additionally, the Blazers grabbed 49 rebounds (14 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Portland finished the game shooting 76.2% from the free throw line by converting 16 of their 21 attempts. They made 14 of 41 tries from downtown.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one guy who was a contributor for this contest. He had 24 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He played 32:24 minutes played and pulled down 9 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander shot 66.7% from the field and also dished out 6 dimes. One more player that came through in this game for the Thunder was Mike Muscala. He totaled 2 boards and also had 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 8-of-12 (23 points). When this game wrapped up, Muscala played for 20:33 min.
Oklahoma City steps onto the hardwood with a record of 7-9 on the year. They are turning it over 14.3 times per game and as a team are committing 19.0 fouls every game. As a team, Oklahoma City is snagging 44.0 boards per contest and has accumulated 360 assists for the season, which has them ranked 25th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Thunder are hitting 33.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (207 of 626) and 70.5% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 106.5 points per contest (27th in the league) while shooting 45.1% from the floor. Defensively, the Thunder are forcing 12.4 turnovers per game while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. The Thunder defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.3% (198 of 308) and they relinquish 49.6 rebounds per game as a group. They are 11th in basketball in giving up assists with 394 relinquished on the season. They are giving up 34.8% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 23rd in the league in opponents PPG (113.4).
The last time they took the court, the Phoenix Suns went home defeated by a final of 120-112 when they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Suns were able to corral 43 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 50 in this matchup. They blocked 4 shots while earning 8 steals in this game. The Nuggets earned 20 personal fouls for the game which got the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 18 shots. They were able to bury 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 77.8%. In relation to three-point attempts, Phoenix buried 16 out of 53 attempts (30.2%). Overall, the Suns went 41 for 102 from the field which had them shooting 40.2%. The Suns allowed the Nuggets to make 40 of their 97 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 41.2% in the matchup. They shot 41.7% from 3-point land by shooting 15 of 36 and finished the contest at 25 of 32 at the free throw line (78.1%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, Phoenix permitted Denver to collect 65 in total (12 on the offensive side).
Jae Crowder ended up being a major contributor for the Suns in this contest. He converted 6 of 15 for this contest for a field goal rate of 40.0%, which earned him 21 points. Crowder pulled down 7 rebounds in his 44:41 minutes of time on the court and had 3 dimes for the game. Another guy that was pivotal for Phoenix was Chris Paul. He ended up walking away with 21 points in his 42:00 mins on the hardwood via 9 of 20 from the floor in this matchup. Paul finished going 45.0% from the floor while contributing 13 assists and 9 rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 8-7 so far this season. Phoenix has accumulated 1,666 points so far this year (111.1 per contest) and they collect 43.3 boards per contest. The Suns are responsible for committing 21.9 fouls per contest and they shoot 82.2% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Suns are hitting on 46.5% from the field, which is ranked 15th in the league. They are dishing out assists 26.4 times per game (5th in the NBA) and they are giving up possession 13.3 times per contest. The Suns on the defensive side of the court are 6th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 109.0. They are forcing 13.6 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.2% from the floor (17th in the league). The Phoenix defense concedes 36.0% on shots from 3-point land (162 of 450) and opponents are making 74.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 22.6 dimes and 45.1 rebounds per contest, which is 3rd and 14th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix (-6.5)
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