Basketball Betting Odds & Picks — For Suns, It’s All a “Must-Win” Situation as They Host Thunder

For the Phoenix Suns, every time they step onto a basketball court the situation is critical, because they are in a three-way battle with just two playoff sports available. if they can’t edge out either of the two other teams they are competing with, the regular season, in which they have over-achieved in spectacular fashion, will go for naught.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have very lofty expectations, among Bookmaker customers and others, which have not changed from the start of the season, and they are doing whatever they can do protect the position they’re in right now.

When it comes to the fate of both teams within the playoff queue of the Western Conference, there has been no definitive determination as of yet. But they will take one step closer when they meet in basketball betting action at the US Airways Center in Phoenix at 9:05 PM ET.

Oklahoma City is 55-20 straight-up after a 111-107 loss to Houston on Friday. They are also 40-34-1 against the basketball pointspread. They are not likely to catch up to the San Antonio Spurs for the #1 record, even though they have swept the season series and own the tie-breaker. But they are two games in front of the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers.

Phoenix’s story is a little more complicated. The Suns are 45-31 straight-up, which puts them into a tie with the Memphis Grizzlies, but they are not going to win any tie-breakers because Memphis has already won the season series. Therefore, they have to come out one game ahead. Both Memphis and Phoenix trail the Dallas Mavericks, the #7 West seed, by a half-game. They are also just two games behind the Golden State Warriors.

And oh by the way, when it comes to beating the NBA lines, no one has done it better than the Suns, who have chalked up a 49-26-1 record against the number.

In the basketball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at Bookmaker, the Thunder are favored:

Oklahoma City Thunder -2.5
Phoenix Suns +2.5

Over 211.5 points -110
Under 211.5 points -110

Phoenix snagged a very important victory on Friday night when they went to the Moda Center and beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-93, getting a combined 62 points out of Gerald Green and Eric Bledsoe. All of this overcame poor shooting once again on the part of Goran Dragic, who is in a mini-slump, having made just 15 of 46 field goals over his last three games.

Basketball bettors recall that earlier in the season, the Thunder had a horrible night from beyond the arc, hitting just two of 18 shots, although 37 trips to the line helped them tot a 103-96 win over the Suns. In the last meeting, which took place on March 6, Phoenix won a 128-122 decision by nailing 15 triples. Oh, and they also made 29 free throws in the game as well. If this was all a case of “home cooking,” they will be happy to have that once again.

Bookmaker customers who are keeping track of Kevin Durant know that he has now scored 25 points or more in 40 consecutive games, although his teammates obviously did not chip in enough in the loss to a desperate Houston Rockets team on Friday. Help is on the way in the person of Russell Westbrook, who sat out that game with Houston to rest his knee (second half of a back-to-back) but will be available again to haunt the Suns, against whom he scored 36 points, his season high, in the March 6 meeting. All he’d like to do now is reverse that result.
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