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Monday, January 4, 2016

NBA : Suns in Freefall as Thunder Roar

These are tough times for the Phoenix Suns. They've shaken up their coaching staff, point guard Eric Bledsoe is gone for the season with a torn meniscus, and the Suns (12-21 SU, 14-19 ATS) have lost five straight games heading into Thursday's matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder (22-10 SU, 13-19 ATS). Tip-off from the Chesapeake Energy Arena is at 8 PM ET.

Bledsoe (20.98 PER) was one of the few bright spots on a Phoenix team that has obviously tuned out head coach Jeff Hornacek. Markieff Morris (9.28 PER), who has played poorly since his twin brother Marcus was traded to Detroit, was given a two-game suspension on Christmas Eve for throwing a towel at Hornacek. The Suns were reportedly on the verge of firing their coach, but settled for firing two of his assistants instead.

Oklahoma City doesn't seem to have any problems with new head coach Billy Donovan. The Thunder have won 11 of 14 games this month; however, they're performing well below market expectation at 1-4 ATS in their last five. When these two teams met on November 8, Oklahoma City prevailed 124-103 as an 8.5-point home chalk, despite 28 points and 11 assists from Bledsoe.

NBA : Suns in Freefall as Thunder Roar

Suns Without Bledsoe for Thunder Rematch
On November 8, the Oklahoma City Thunder (–8.5 at home) beat the Phoenix Suns 124-103. They'll meet again this Thursday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Tip-off is at 8 PM ET.

Eric Bledsoe (20.98 PER) won't be there to help Phoenix. He's been ruled out for the year with a torn meniscus, depriving the Suns of easily their best player. Bledsoe had 28 points and 11 assists when these two teams met in November. The Suns also appear to be tuning out head coach Jeff Hornacek; two of his assistants were fired on Monday.

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