Phoenix is only a 1.5-point favorite against Oklahoma City when the Suns (38-32) and the Thunder (34-36) take the court on March 19, 2023 in a game oddsmakers expect to be a tight one. The point total for the game is 234.5.
The Suns are 22-17-1 against the spread when favored by 1.5 points or more this season.
When they have played as at least 1.5-point underdogs this year, the Thunder are 29-15-1 against the spread.
These teams average a combined 231.1 points per game, 3.4 fewer points than the total of 234.5 set for this matchup.
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 227.7 points per game, 6.8 fewer than the over/under in this game.
The Suns’ average point total in matchups this year is 224.7, 9.8 points below the over/under in this game.
The average total for Oklahoma City’s games this year is 0.4 fewer points than the point total of 234.5 in this outing.
Phoenix is 35-32-3 against the spread this season.
The Thunder are 43-26-1 ATS this season.
The Suns have a +129 scoring differential, topping opponents by 1.9 points per game. They’re putting up 113.3 points per game to rank 20th in the league and are allowing 111.4 per contest to rank fourth in the NBA.
The Suns are ninth in the NBA at 44.2 rebounds per game. That’s 1.5 more than the 42.7 their opponents average.
Phoenix makes 12.3 three-pointers per game (12th in the league) at a 37.6% rate (sixth-best in the NBA), compared to the 11.6 its opponents make while shooting 35.9% from deep.
The Suns’ 111.7 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 16th in the NBA, and the 110.0 points they allow per 100 possessions rank seventh in the league.
The Suns have scored at a higher rate in home games than on the road in the 2022-23 season (114.2 at home versus 112.3 on the road), though they have allowed fewer points at home than in road games (110.1 opponent points per home game versus 112.8 on the road).
The Thunder are outscoring opponents by 1.5 points per game, with a +101 scoring differential overall. They put up 117.8 points per game (third in NBA) and allow 116.3 per outing (20th in league).
Oklahoma City loses the rebound battle by 3.1 boards on average. It collects 43.7 rebounds per game, 11th in the league, while its opponents grab 46.8.
The Thunder hit 12.3 three-pointers per game (12th in the league), while their opponents have made 13.0 on average.
The Thunder average 112.3 points per 100 possessions on offense (14th in league), and allow 110.9 points per 100 possessions (10th in NBA).
Oklahoma City is putting up more points at home (121.0 per game) than on the road (114.4).
The scoring leader for the Suns this season is Devin Booker (among active players), who averages 27.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.
Deandre Ayton adds 18.3 points, 1.8 assists and 10.1 rebounds per matchup. Chris Paul puts up 13.5 points, 9.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.
The Suns get 1.5 three-pointers per game out of Damion Lee.
Paul averages 1.6 steals per game, while Bismack Biyombo swats 1.2 shots per contest.
Josh Giddey holds a top spot on the Thunder rebounds and assists leaderboards, scoring 16.2 points a contest with 7.9 rebounds per game and 6.1 assists per game.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s per-game averages this season are 31.3 points, 5.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds.
Isaiah Joe cashes in on 2.2 treys per game.
Gilgeous-Alexander is a solid defender with 1.7 steals and 1.0 block per game.
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