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Suns vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Phoenix Suns at Toronto Raptors
- Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
- Date: Friday, December 30th
- Betting Odds TOR -2.5, PHO +117 | TOR -139 O/U 225.5
So far, the Suns have put together an overall record of 20-16, while going 18-16-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 2-1 vs the spread.
The Suns are coming off a disappointing 127-102 loss to the Wizards. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 2 points. The game got away from Phoenix in the 2nd half, as the Wizards extended their 9 point halftime lead to grab a 25 point win. Leading the team in scoring was Deandre Ayton, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 63.6% of his shots.
So far, the Raptors have put together an overall record of 15-20, while going 17-18-0 vs the spread. Today, the Raptors will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -12.0 points per contest.
Toronto is trying to bounce back from a 119-106 loss to the Grizzlies. Going into this game, the team was 4 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. In the loss, Toronto got off to a slow start, trailing by 14 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Pascal Siakam, as he contributed 25 points while hitting 42.1% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last year, the Suns and Raptors played to a series split, with each team winning on the road. Between the two teams, they combined to average 200.5 points per contest. Last year, the Suns saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Raptors, averaging 105.5 points per game. While the Suns struggled on offense in the series, the Raptors maintained their usual level of scoring at 106.0 vs Phoenix. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Raptors hold the edge at 3-2. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just 0 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 220 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Phoenix offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 9th ranked offense at 115.4 points per game. So far, the Suns are averaging 97.6 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 14th in the league in field goal percentage 47.0%.
Defensively, the Suns are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.33 points per contest (9th).
Deandre Ayton is expected to play a key role in Phoenix’s scoring efforts against the Toronto today, as Devin Booker is unavailable. Booker is the team’s leading scorer this season with 27.1 points per game. Ayton is 2nd in scoring for the team with 18.1 points per game, which ranks him 66.0th in the NBA. In his 32 games, he has hit 61.9% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 9.7 rebounds per game.
For the season, the Raptors offensive unit is ranked just 26th in scoring at 111.3 points per contest. So far, the Raptors are averaging 97.2 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 27th in the league in field goal percentage 45.1%.
Against the Suns, the Raptors will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 7th ranked unit at 107.1 points per game.
This season, the Raptors offense has primarily worked through Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 25 games, Siakam is 16th in the NBA at 26.5 points per game. So far, him and Anunoby have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.2 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, OG Anunoby is grabbing 5.8 rebounds for Toronto to go along with 2.1 assists.
Suns vs Raptors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Raptors -2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 225.5