The Phoenix Suns (14-12) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (6-19) on Tuesday, December 19th. This game will be played at Moda Center. The Suns are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Trail Blazers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Wizards. Tip-off is set for 10:00 ET.
Suns vs Trail Blazers
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Wizards, Kevin Durant was the top scorer for Phoenix, recording 28 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 45.6%. Devin Booker also contributed 27 points as the Suns won by a score of 112-108 vs. the Wizards.
When playing away from home, the Suns have gone 7-4 this season compared to their 7-8 home record. Overall, the Suns are 14-12 and have gone 1-2 in their last three games.
Phoenix arrives with an ATS record of 10-16 for the season up to this point. Phoenix has gone 6-12 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 4-4 when playing as underdogs.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Trail Blazers fell to the Warriors by a score of 118-114. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 65-49, the Trail Blazers picked up the win.
Over their last ten games, the Trail Blazers are 2-8 and come into today’s game vs. the Suns with an overall record of 6-19. Currently, they are in 14th place in the Western Conference and are 5th in the Northwest division.
Portland comes in with an overall ATS record of 12-13 so far this season. Portland has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 9-5 ATS on the road compared to 3-8 at home.
Suns Offense Breakdown
This season, the Phoenix offense is ranked 14th in the NBA in scoring at 115.3 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Suns are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.8 per contest. A key aspect of the team’s offensive struggles is the fact that they not only play at a slow pace, but they struggle to score inside. Heading into today’s game, Phoenix is just 17th in shots made inside the arc.
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Portland offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 107.6 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Trail Blazers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Portland offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 23rd ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Suns Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Suns’ defense is giving up an average of 114.0 points per contest.
Phoenix’s defense is currently forcing 14.2 turnovers per game, which is 24th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 1st in blocked shots, with an average of 6.6 rejections per game.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
In terms of defense, Trail Blazers is currently on par with the NBA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 114.6 points per game.
Inside the arc, the Trail Blazers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 58.5% and 33.1% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Suns And Trail Blazers
For today’s matchup, we project Kevin Durant to lead the scoring for the Suns, putting up 18 points and shooting at a rate of 7/13. Throughout this season, his average stands at 30.6 points per game, along with 6.2 rebounds.
As for Portland, Anfernee Simons is projected to be the primary scorer for the Trail Blazers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 15, and adding 2 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 45.2% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 25.7 points per game.
Suns vs Trail Blazers Trends
- Although Phoenix has a straight up record of 1-2 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 108 points per game in these games.
- Across the Trail Blazers last ten home games, the team averaged 109 points per game while allowing 114. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 7-3, while going 2-8 straight-up.
- Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Trail Blazers have gone 2-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-3.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Suns have a straight up record of 1-2. Their record vs the spread in these games was 0-3.
For a point-spread wager in this Suns vs. Trail Blazers game, we suggest taking the Trail Blazers at +7.5. Even though our predictions have the Suns winning 110-104, we see the Trail Blazers as the better choice on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 231 and given that our model is projecting 214 points between the teams, we like the under.
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