Suns vs. Thunder NBA expert prediction and odds for Friday, March 29 (Fade Thunder without SGA)

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Phoenix Suns-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup on Friday.
Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball.
Phoenix Suns forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns picked up a massive win against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, pushing them back into the No. 7 spot, and they have a chance to reclaim the No. 6 seed depending on the results of Friday’s NBA action. 

They’ll be road underdogs though on Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who lost without Shai Gilgeous-Alexander against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. 

OKC is still in the hunt for the No. 1 seed in the West, but the team will need SGA healthy to truly take that spot. 

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Here’s a look at the odds and my best bet for Friday night’s Western Conference showdown: 

Suns vs. Thunder odds, spread and total

Suns vs. Thunder how to watch

  • Date: Friday, March 29
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Paycom Center
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports Oklahoma, NBA League Pass
  • Suns record: 43-30
  • Thunder record: 50-22

Suns vs. Thunder injury reports

Suns injury report

  • Damion Lee – out
  • Jusuf Nurkic – questionable

Thunder injury report

  • Ousmane Dieng – out
  • Adam Flagler – out
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – doubtful
  • Keyontae Johnson – out
  • Olivier Sarr – out
  • Lindy Waters III – questionable

Suns vs. Thunder key players to watch

Phoenix Suns

Kevin Durant: Kevin Durant came up big against Denver, scoring 30 points to beat the Denver Nuggets. KD has put up 25 or more points in three straight games, although the Thunder held the star forward to just 6-for-15 shooting from the field and scoring 20 points. 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Jalen Williams: If SGA sits, Jalen Williams is going to need to pick up the slack for OKC. The second-year wing is having quite the season for the Thunder, averaging 19.4 points per game, but he shot just 9-for-23 in the loss to Houston on Wednesday. 

Suns vs. Thunder prediction and pick

The Thunder are likely going to be without Gilgeous-Alexander, and they’ve gone 0-2 when he’s sat so far this season.

An MVP candidate, SGA really makes the OKC offense go, and the team blew a lead to lose to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. 

Phoenix, on the other hand, is playing with a huge sense of urgency as it looks to get out of the play-in tournament field this season. 

While the Thunder are 19-12 ATS as home favorites, the team is just 3-2 ATS as a home dog. The Suns have been a tough team to bet ATS on the road all season, but they are 14-9 straight up as road favorites. 

I’ll take them to win tonight.  

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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