NBA Picks: Suns vs Raptors Point Spread
Phoenix Suns at Toronto Raptors Odds
After a series of curious trades and acquisitions that included shipping Isaiah Thomas and Goran Dragic to east coast squads, the Phoenix Suns find themselves thrown into another rebuild. Their main goal this season revolves around inflating the trade value of players like Tyson Chandler while tanking into a prime lottery playoff position. The NBA’s scheduling software has been unkind to the Raptors since late December, contributing to their worst stretch this season. Toronto wants to avoid extending their losing streak to three before a back-to-back against the Spurs and the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
This game has taken on an unexpected importance for Toronto, who find themselves on the precipice of losing their status as second best team in the east. A loss tonight against the second worst team in the association would likely torpedo any chance of catching the Cleveland Cavaliers for top spot in the east. Patrick Patterson has missed five in a row with knee issues. His basketball IQ, defense and sporadic shooting will be missed if he can’t make the rotation. Despite their record, the Suns are healthy and have the ability to surprise, having already beaten the Spurs and the Raptors.
Suns at Raptors NBA Prediction
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Given the recent buzz surrounding the Raptors last pair of losses, there’s no doubt that Toronto will avoid taking the Phoenix Suns for granted this time around. After a 35-point blowout loss to the Charlotte Hornets, the Raptors hit the film room with coach Casey. No player was spared the embarrassment of their errors. In particular, coach Casey stressed defense, which has been on the decline all season. Expect the Raptors to respond with an improved effort on both sides of the court.
The Phoenix Suns travel to Toronto and play less than 24 hours after a close road win against the New York Knicks. Phoenix is playing their third road game in four days, adding to the fatigue. These factors have resulted in sportsbooks and Vegas listing a hefty point spread of 11.5. All signs imply a deck stacked against Phoenix for this matchup, and Toronto won’t be leaving points on the floor. The Raptors should be able to beat the spread, especially if Patterson makes the rotation.
Totals for this game have been listed at 219.5 points. The Raptors and Suns have high scoring backcourts and comparatively soft defenses, leading to high scoring affairs on most nights. It’s unlikely that the Suns will be able to keep Toronto under 115 points, and Toronto allows 100 or more on most evenings. Betting over on 219.5 appears to be the less risky bet for this matchup.
NBA Picks Tonight | January 22, 2017
Sunday features light action in the NBA, with four games on the schedule. Along with the Raptors-Suns match, another projected blowout involves the Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic, which features a 13-point line. They’re on the road for this one, but the Warriors should still be able to create a winning margin greater than 13. Another solid opportunity involves the L.A. Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks. The moneyline for this matchup will double your cash If the Lakers beat the Mavs, which isn’t an unreasonable scenario.
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