Oklahoma City Thunder Road Favorites Over Phoenix Suns On Wednesday
March 30th, 2011- By Bryan Cross
The Oklahoma City Thunder match up with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, as the Thunder look to continue to move up the ladder in terms of the Western Conference Playoff Standings. The Thunder need just one more victory on the season to reach the 50-win threshold, going for their fifth win in a row on the season.
Oklahoma City (49-24) is currently in the lead of the Northwest Division, and in position to get home-court advantage in at least one round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs at fourth place in the post-season standings. They are comfortably in front of Denver, who is in fifth place behind them.
The Thunder come into this one off of a victory over Golden State 115-114, courtesy of 39 points by All-Star Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook knocking down clutch free throws.
“Russell’s a big-time scorer and we wanted to get him something driving to the basket, which is his strength. We knew they were going to call a foul if he drives so hard and tried to score,” Durant remarked after the game. “It was good for either person. I could have posted up at the free-throw line and tried to get a shot or Russell could have took it to the rim.”
It was the eighth overtime win for the Thunder on the season. The all-time NBA record for overtime victories in a season is nine.
“It is not the way we wanted to execute down the stretch, but we did get the win and I give our guys credit for staying together and hanging in there,” said Oklahoma City head coach Scott Brooks.
On the other side of the court, Phoenix (36-37) has some work to do if they are going to get the final playoff spot in the West this season. The Suns trail Memphis by 4.5 games for the eighth position in the post-season. A loss in their last outing on Tuesday to Sacramento doesn’t help their cause either.
“You have to play your way into the playoffs,” said Phoenix head coach Alvin Gentry. “Right now, the way we’re playing we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. All the teams we are chasing are really good. And we are not. We are still alive in the playoff race, but we are basically on life support.”
Phoenix needs the victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night to try and climb back into the playoff picture.
Oklahoma City/Phoenix Game Line: NBA Betting Lines at Bodog Sportsbook have installed Oklahoma City as a road favorite over the Phoenix in this one, with the over/under sitting at 211 points. The Thunder sport a 38-34-1 against the spread record this season, while the Suns come in at 33-37-3 against the spread on the year.