Suns vs Thunder: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – April 2, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on April 2, 2021

A game after he scored 45 points in a 121-116 win over the Bulls, Devin Booker leads the Phoenix Suns (33-14) at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-27) as 12.5-point favorites. The matchup, which airs on BSOK, tips off at 10:00 PM ET on Friday, April 2, 2021. The matchup has an over/under set at 219.5 points.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of April 2, 2021, 1:05 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Suns vs Thunder Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of April 2

Suns:
Frank Kaminsky: Out (Health Protocols),
Torrey Craig: Day To Day (Knee),
Abdel Nader: Out (Knee)

Thunder:
Luguentz Dort: Day To Day (Concussion protocol),
Mike Muscala: Out (Ankle),
Darius Bazley: Day To Day (Shoulder),
Ty Jerome: Out (Ankle),
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Day To Day (Foot)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Suns (-12.5)
Total Pick Over (219.5)
Prediction Suns 117, Thunder 103

The model projects the Suns to win, just as DraftKings does, but the model favors them by slightly more points (14.6 to 12.5).

DraftKings and the model are extremely close in their point total projections for this contest, within 0.2 points of each other.

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Suns Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Devin Booker 43 25.5 4.1 4.5 0.9 0.3 2.0
Chris Paul 46 15.9 4.6 8.7 1.4 0.2 1.3
Deandre Ayton 47 14.6 10.9 1.5 0.4 1.1 0.1
Mikal Bridges 47 13.2 4.8 2.3 0.9 0.9 1.7
Dario Saric 29 10.3 4.3 1.3 0.6 0.1 1.2

Suns Player Props

  • Booker’s points prop over/under for the contest is set at 25.5, equal to his season average of 25.5.
  • Deandre Ayton’s rebounding prop over/under for the contest is listed at 9.5 boards, 1.4 rebounds less than his season average of 10.9.
  • Jae Crowder’s three pointers made prop total for the game is set at 2.5, equal to his season average of 2.5.
  • Ayton’s blocks prop over/under for the game is set at 1.5, 0.4 blocks higher than his season average of 1.1.

Thunder Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 35 23.7 4.8 5.9 0.8 0.7 2.0
Al Horford 28 14.2 6.7 3.4 0.9 0.9 2.0
Luguentz Dort 41 12.6 3.4 1.6 0.8 0.4 2.0
Darius Bazley 36 11.9 7.5 1.5 0.5 0.6 1.5
Ty Jerome 14 9.9 3.1 3.5 0.9 0.1 2.2

Thunder Player Props

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s PRA prop total for the game is set at 31.5, 2.8 lower than his season average of 34.3.
  • Moses Brown’s PRA prop total for the contest is set at 36.5, 19.3 higher than his season average of 17.2.
  • Ty Jerome’s three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 0.3 shots higher than his season average of 2.2.
  • Brown’s blocks prop over/under for the game is set at 2.5, 1.3 blocks higher than his season average of 1.2.

Shooting Trends

  • This season, the Suns have a 48.8% shooting percentage from the field, which is 2.3% higher than the 46.5% of shots the Thunder’s opponents have knocked down.
  • Phoenix has a 27-7-1 record against the spread and a 29-6 straight-up record in games it shoots higher than 46.5% from the field.
  • Oklahoma City’s record is 19-11-1 against the spread and 15-16 overall when its opponents make more than 48.8% of their shots from the field.
  • The Thunder have shot at a 44.9% rate from the field this season, 0.7 percentage points fewer than the 45.6% shooting opponents of the Suns have averaged.
  • Oklahoma City has put together a 13-6-1 record against the spread and an 11-9 straight up record in games it shoots above 45.6% from the field.
  • This season, Phoenix has a 15-5-1 record against the spread and an 18-3 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot above 44.9% from the field.
  • The Suns shoot 37.5% from three-point range, 2.5% higher than the 35% the Thunder allow to opponents.
  • Phoenix has put together a 22-7 record against the spread and a 23-6 straight-up record in games this season when the team hits more than 35% of its three-point attempts.
  • Oklahoma City has put up a 22-13 against the spread while going 17-18 overall in games this season when its opponents shoot higher than 37.5% from downtown.
  • The Thunder are hitting 35% of their shots from deep, which is only 0.8 percentage points greater than the 34.2% the Suns’ opponents are averaging on the season.
  • Oklahoma City is 14-7-1 against the spread and 13-9 overall when shooting above 34.2% as a team from three-point range.
  • Phoenix has a 16-6-1 ATS record and a 19-4 straight-up record this season when it knocks down more than 35% of its three-point shots.
  • The Suns make 12.9 three-pointers per game this season, only 0.1 more made shots on average than the 12.8 per game the Thunder give up.
  • Phoenix is 20-7 against the spread and 20-7 overall when it hit more threes than its opponents, while Oklahoma City is 7-13-1 ATS and 5-16 straight up in games when it is out-shot from the three-point line.
  • The Thunder make the 14th-most three-pointers in the league, while the Suns allow the second-fewest makes from beyond the arc.

Suns vs Thunder Stat Rankings

Suns Rank Suns AVG Thunder AVG Thunder Rank
11th 113.7 Points Scored 106.3 26th
4th 107.3 Points Allowed 112.1 18th
28th 43.4 Rebounds 45.1 10th
28th 8.4 Off. Rebounds 8.6 26th
13th 12.9 3pt Made 12.8 14th
2nd 27 Assists 22.6 27th
6th 12.6 Turnovers 14.2 23rd

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