Planning on watching today’s Trail Blazers and Suns game? Catch the action at Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ, as the Suns hosts this showdown at 9:00 ET on AZFa. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 229.5 points, and the Suns are favored to win at home against the Trail Blazers.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS VS PHOENIX SUNS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Phoenix Suns -10.5
This game will be played at Footprint Center at 9:00 ET on Monday, January 1st.
WHY BET THE PHOENIX SUNS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 162-102 in favor of the Suns.
- Our projections have Kevin Durant finishing with Kevin Durant points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
- From the field, we have the Suns finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.3% and knocking down 15 threes.
Can Portland Pull Out the Win as Road Underdogs?
Heading into today’s matchup vs. the Suns, the Trail Blazers are 10.5-point underdogs and just 9-22 on the season. In the Western Conference, they are 14th and 5th in the Northwest Division.
When playing on the road, Portland has struggled this season, going 4-11 straight up. The team’s average scoring margin on the road is -5.9 points per game.
Portland has been the underdog in 27 of their 31 games and have gone 14-13 against the spread in those games. Today’s over/under line of 229.5 is just below the average over/under line for their games (226).
This season, the Blazers have an over/under record of 14-16-1 coming into today’s game. In their previous games with higher over/under lines than 229.5, their over/under record is 4-7-1.
In their most recent game, Portland scored 134 points and shot 50.5% from the field. They were also 22/27 from the free throw line. Over their last three games, the Trail Blazers have an effective field goal percentage of 52.2%, which is higher than their season-long EFG of 50% (30th). In their five most recent games, Portland is 29th in three-point shooting at 42.7%.
On the defensive side, Trail Blazers is currently hovering around the NBA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 115.2 points per game. When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Trail Blazers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 59.1% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 32.7% from downtown.
Will the Suns Make it Happen at Home?
In the Western Conference, the Suns are in 8th place and 3rd in the Pacific Division on a record of 17-15. If they are able to pull out a win over the Blazers, they will also be looking to cover the spread as 10.5-point favorites.
When playing at home, Phoenix has an average scoring margin of +0.9 points per game compared to +1.3 on the road. For the season, they are 8-9 at home.
Against the spread, the Suns are 11-21 this season. This poor mark is due in large part to their current ATS losing streak of six games at home. For the season, they have only covered the spread five times in front of their own fans.
Their over/under record coming into today’s game is 18-14, and the over has gone 12-4 in their games with lower over/under lines than today’s line of 229.5. The Suns’ last game fell short of the OU line as they beat the Magic by a score of 112-107 but didn’t cover as 5.5-point favorites.
In their last game, the Suns put up 112 points while shooting 50% from the field and hitting 8 three-pointers. One area where the Suns offense has excelled this season is getting to the line, as they are 4th in free-throw attempts per game. Overall, they have a 47% field goal percentage.
Coming into the game, the Suns defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 34.4% of their games. Currently, they are 15th in the NBA at 114.4 points per game allowed. On two point field goal attempts, the Suns’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.1% and allowing 36.5% from beyond the arc.