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NBA Lines - No Place Like Home

Posted by Elio Masi on 3/6/2012 10:21:08 PM

No Place Like Home

Wednesday marks the second of three meetings between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately for the Suns, they have the burden of playing the Thunder in their home arena, a task that has not been easy for opposing teams thus far this NBA lines season.

(29-8) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (17-20) Phoenix Suns
Live from: Chesapeake Energy Arena – OK
Tipoff: 8:00 PM ET Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Broadcast: FSA, FSOK, KTAR, WWLS

Thunder’s Home Dominance

We’ve all heard of home court advantage but it looks like the Thunder are taking it a little too seriously - not that their fans are complaining. They’ve been sure to give the Oklahoma City faithful their money’s worth at home and have been playing nothing short of brilliant at the Chesapeake Energy Arena this season. The only game they’ve lost on home court was at the hands of Portland in early January and they’ve gone 12-0 since. Combining that with their 107-97 victory last time around might spell another loss for Phoenix and help expand the Western Conference’s first place team’s lead over those chasing.

Sun Setting on Phoenix

Although we’re still 2 months away from the postseason, Phoenix’s current play has definitely raised some question marks concerning a playoff appearance. They currently sit 12th in the West and are 3.5 games back of the 8th and the final playoff spot. Not that that’s a insurmountable deficit or anything, but their play as of late wont be convincing anyone that they’re ready to make a push for the postseason. They’ve been a .500 team since January 15th - a span of 26 games - and haven't been able to bring their game to the next level all season long. They’ve had three streaks of four or more consecutive losses this season and have been set back because of them. However, the sun never sets in Phoenix, especially when you have a player by the name of Steve Nash on your team. He is a proven game changer and, if the Suns are to have a postseason birth, it’ll be largely due to his play. Not saying that a win versus Oklahoma City is probable, but a strong effort would help them see what kind of a team they are and help them to hunt down a playoff spot in the process.

Durant the Bounty Hunter

There isn’t a single word in the English dictionary that would accurately describe Kevin Durant’s play. The only one that I could think of is Kobe-like, but I’m still working on getting it added to Webster’s. In just his 4th year pro, he’s managed to be 2nd in the league in points per game with 28.2 and is having the best season of his career. On a regular night, he’s scary good – on a great night, Kobe-like. Look for him to be on his game once again Wednesday and looking to close the margin between him and Kobe for PPG (Kobe’s averaging 28.9).

Elio’s Edge

Going to stick with the favorite on this one. It would be like throwing money away if someone bets against the Thunder on home court. They’ve been too good at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and there’s no reason to believe that their play won’t continue. Sensing a 105-96 finish and Durant to respond with a 30-point night.

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