Last Updated: 2017-12-07
The Phoenix Suns (9-17) will be 8-point underdogs at home in Talking Stick Resort Arena when they take on the Washington Wizards (13-11). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 215.5 points and it can be seen on Fox Arizona Plus at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Washington Wizards at Phoenix Suns Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Suns lost to the Toronto Raptors, 126-113, while the Wizards defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-92.
Washington played a nearly perfect game. They had a solid turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 12.4) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.4 (above their season average of 22.6). For those same stats, Portland put up marks of 17.1 and 17.5, respectively. Phoenix, on the other hand, did a great job of getting and making free throws (30-38; 78.9 percent). Phoenix received a boost from Devin Booker, who finished with 19 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Bradley Beal, meanwhile played a pivotal role for Washington with 51 points.
Opposite styles will be on display in this matchup. Phoenix likes to play fast (second in possessions per game), while Washington likes to grind-it-out (13th in possessions per game). Ball protection should be an advantage for the Wizards. They rank 3rd at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.5 percent), while the Suns force the third-fewest turnovers in the NBA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 13.1 percent).
Of the Wizards’ 24 games, 16 have finished under the total. Washington comes into the game with records of 13-11 straight up (SU) and 13-11 against the spread (ATS).
Contrary to Washington, games including the Suns tend to go over the total (61.5 percent). Moreover, Phoenix owns records of 9-17 SU and 12-13-1 ATS.
Booker has been playing at a high level recently for Phoenix, averaging 30.4 points and 5.4 rebounds over the last five games.
In their first matchup this season, T.J. Warren led the Suns to a 122-116 win. He recorded a double-double with 40 points and 10 rebounds. Phoenix covered as an 11-point underdog and the two teams combined to score 238 points, which was over the projected point total of 228. Phoenix made good use of their 38 trips to the charity stripe, making 31 of them (81.6 percent). Washington, on the other hand, was 24-30 (80.0 percent).
Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Wizards, ATS Winner – Wizards, O/U – Under
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The Wizards rank 20th in assists per game (21.8) while the Suns rank 27th (20.2).
Washington ranks third in steals allowed per game (6.9) while Phoenix ranks last (9.1).
The Suns rank fifth in points in the paint per game (47.8) while the Wizards rank 23rd (41.1).
Phoenix ranks fifth in rebounds per game (46.2) while Washington ranks 22nd in rebounds allowed per game (44.0).
Phoenix averages 5.2 blocks per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. Washington ranks 17th in blocks allowed per game (5.0).
The Suns average 13.4 second chance points per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Wizards rank 28th in second chance points allowed per game (13.9).
The Wizards rank 10th in points off turnovers allowed per game (15.4) while the Suns rank 26th (19.7).
Washington ranks 11th in fast break points allowed per game (10.4) while Phoenix ranks last (14.3).
Phoenix is 2-1 when they allow under 100 points, while Washington is 10-1.
In games where they score over 100 points, the Wizards are 11-6 and the Suns are 8-11.
Washington is 9-4 ATS on the road, while Phoenix is 4-9 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 7 of the Suns’ 13 home games, while 10 of the Wizards’ 13 road games have gone under.
In their last five games, Washington and Phoenix are both 4-1 ATS.
The Wizards have 4 unders and 1 over over their last five games, while the Suns have 3 overs and 2 unders
During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 97.8 points per game (8.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 101.2 points per game (2.6 below their season average).
The Suns’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.6, down from 8.0 for the season.