Phoenix Suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 4/3/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
Paycom Center is the location where the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-55) will compete against the Phoenix Suns (62-15) on Sunday.
The Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Grizzlies and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 122-114 in their last contest. Phoenix finished with a 54.7% field goal percentage (47 of 86) and converted 10 of 27 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Suns converted 10 of 17 tries for a rate of 58.8%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected a total of 39 with 2 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 27 assists for this contest in addition to forcing 2 turnovers and earning 8 steals. When talking about the defense, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 45.1% from the floor on 46 out of 102 shooting. Memphis distributed 48 assists and had 30 steals in the game. Additionally, Memphis collected 32 rebounds (16 offensive, 16 defensive) and got 4 rejections. Memphis ended up going 82.1% when shooting free throws by converting 23 of their 28 tries. They also converted 7 out of their 24 shots from long range. Regarding fouls, the Suns left the arena with 25 while the Grizzlies racked up 11 fouls.
Devin Booker is a guy who had an impact in this matchup. He ended up walking away with 41 points on 17 out of 28 shooting. He played for 37 minutes played and also collected 4 boards. Booker went 60.7% from the floor and also distributed 4 assists.
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Phoenix comes into this contest with a mark of 62-15 on the season. They turn the ball over 13.0 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.7 fouls per contest. As a unit, Phoenix is grabbing 45.2 boards per contest and has 2,101 dimes for the campaign, which is 4th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Suns are shooting 36.8% on 3-point shots (893 of 2,425) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 115.2 points per contest (3rd in basketball) while connecting on 48.8% from the floor.
On the defensive end of the court, the Suns have forced 14.7 turnovers every game and they draw 19.1 fouls. They are relinquishing 33.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 9th in basketball in PPG allowed (107.0). The Suns are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 44.3% (3,026 of 6,831) and they surrender 44.2 boards per game as a group. They are 2nd in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,754 relinquished this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Thunder took a loss by a score of 110-101 when they faced the Pistons. In regard to rebounds, Oklahoma City allowed Detroit to collect 36 in total (8 on the offensive side). They finished shooting 31.3% from distance by connecting on 15 of 48 and finished the contest at 15 out of 18 at the charity stripe (83.3%). The Thunder allowed the Pistons to bury 40 of 94 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.6% in the matchup. When this game wrapped up, the Thunder finished shooting 36 out of 84 from the field which gave them a percentage of 42.9%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Oklahoma City knocked down 11 out of 34 attempts (32.4%). They were able to knock down 18 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 62.1%. The Pistons had 8 fouls for the game which took the Thunder to the charity stripe for 29 shots. They gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while earning 1 steal in this contest. The Thunder earned 42 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 54 for this game.
Theo Maledon was important for the Thunder for this contest. Maledon scored 28 points in his 37 minutes on the court and earned 6 assists for the matchup. He made 10 of 22 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 45.5%, and earned 6 rebounds.
Oklahoma City has a record of 22-55 this year. The Thunder have committed 18.2 fouls per contest while shooting 76.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.2 times per game (28th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per game. Oklahoma City has accounted for 8,001 pts for the season (103.9 per game) and they grab 45.8 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Thunder are connecting on 42.9% from the floor, which has them ranked 30th in the league.
The Thunder defensively are ranked 17th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 111.5. They have forced 13.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (12th in the NBA). The Oklahoma City defense gives up 35.3% on shots from beyond the arc (1,058 of 2,999) and opponents are knocking down 77.0% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 26.1 assists and 48.5 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 28th and 30th in the NBA.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma City
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