NBA: Suns host 2nd place Thunder on Sunday night
The Suns continue their difficult stretch to make the playoffs on Sunday night when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder at home. Phoenix will need to rely heavily on Gerald Green to keep up his hot shooting as of late for any hope to keep up in what should be an offensive shootout.
These two teams come into the matchup tied 1-1 in the season series with both games being won by the home team. In Oklahoma City the Thunder (55-20) won 103-96, while the game in Phoenix was won by the Suns (45-31) 128-122. In the latter of the two, Green scored a career-high 41 points, including 25 in the third quarter alone to lead the Suns to victory. The Suns erased a 16-point deficit in one of the most exciting games at US Airways Center all year.
Phoenix comes into Sunday night tied with Memphis for 8th place in the West. Memphis will take on first-place San Antonio on Sunday night. The Suns are also just 0.5 games behind Dallas for 7th place, who take on Sacramento on Sunday. In Phoenix’s last six games they have four games on the road, including a game in Dallas. They will host Memphis in their home finale on April 14 as well.
Oklahoma City has already clinched a playoff berth, but their seeding position is still up in the air. Before the games on Sunday the Thunder had a 1.5 game advantage over the 3rd place Los Angeles Clippers. They also trail the Spurs by 3.5 games, which will be very difficult to overcome with just seven games left for the Thunder.
Prediction: Suns 114 Thunder 109
We have seen in the first two matchups between these two clubs that home-court has been effective. The Suns are expecting a sellout on Sunday night at US Airways Center, packed with playoff-thirsty fans after missing the past three postseasons. The Suns will use their crowd’s energy and show out for their hometown fans on Sunday night and will defeat the 2nd place Oklahoma City Thunder in a highly offensive contest.
The Suns and Thunder will tip-off from US Airways Center at 6:00 p.m. PT.