The Phoenix Suns (20-18) travel to face off against the Portland Trail Blazers (10-28) on Sunday, January 14th. This game will be played at Moda Center in Portland and televised on ROOT. 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 Lakers. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.
Suns vs Trail Blazers
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Suns defeated the Lakers with a final score of 127-109. The Suns were leading the game going into the second half 66-52.
As they take on the Trail Blazers, the Suns are aiming to stay above .500 with a 20-18 record. Currently, they are in 8th place in the Western Conference and are 3rd in the Pacific division.
So far, Phoenix is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 14-24. When playing on the road, the Suns hold an ATS record of 7-9 in contrast to a 7-15 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Trail Blazers is coming off a loss to the Timberwolves in their latest game, ending with a score of 116-93. Alongside their straight-up loss, the Trail Blazers couldn’t cover as +16.5 point underdogs. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 209 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 220.
When facing Western Conference teams, the Trail Blazers have gone 5-22 this season and are 5-6 in non-conference games. Overall, the Trail Blazers are 10-28 and are hoping to get a win against the Suns.
Portland’s ATS record sits below .500 (16-22). On the road, the Trail Blazers have an ATS record of 10-12, as opposed to a 6-10 record against the spread when playing at home.
Suns Offense Breakdown
In 38 games games, Phoenix has an average of 115.6 points per game (15th).
So far this season, the Suns have been a strong offensive team, averaging 115.6 points per game (15th in the NBA). When playing on the road, they have averaged 113.8 points per game.
Phoenix has been efficient from the field, shooting 48% overall (10th in the NBA). In terms of pace, they are 25th in the league at 97.7 possessions per game.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Suns are 12th in the NBA at 37%. However, they are just 26th in three-point makes per game (11.8). In terms of free throws, Phoenix is 2nd in the league in makes (21.4) and 4th in attempts (26.1).
Trail Blazers Offense Breakdown
Through 38 games games, Portland is averaging 107.1 points per game (30th).
When it comes to scoring, the Trail Blazers are one of the worst teams in the league, averaging just 107.1 points per game (30th). At home, they are scoring 110.6 points per game (27th).
Portland’s offense is heavily reliant on three-point shooting, as they are 15th in three-point attempts per game. However, they are just 23rd in three-point shooting percentage (35%). Overall, the Blazers are 30th in field goal percentage.
So far this season, the Blazers have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 21.1% of their games. In terms of pace, Portland is 18th in the league at 98.9 possessions per game.
Suns Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Suns defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 36.8% of their games. Currently, they are 15th in the NBA at 114.3 points per game allowed. The Phoenix defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.8% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.0% of their field goal attempts vs. Phoenix.
Trail Blazers Team Defense
Currently, the Trail Blazers’ defense holds the 18th rank in the NBA, allowing 116.8 points per game. Opponents are hitting 59.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 33.9% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Suns And Trail Blazers
In today’s game, our projections have Kevin Durant leading the Suns with 28 points on 10/18 shooting from the field. This season, he is averaging 29.3 points per game along with 6.4 boards.
As for Portland, Anfernee Simons is projected to be the primary scorer for the Trail Blazers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 21, and adding 3 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 41.7% and is averaging 22.8 points per contest.
Suns vs Trail Blazers Trends
- Across their five previous road games, Phoenix has an ATS mark of 2-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-3 while averaging 115 points per game.
- Through their last three home contests, the Trail Blazers offense has averaged 84 points per game while allowing an average of 122. Portland posted an overall record of 0-3 while going 0-3 ATS.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Portland has an ATS mark of 0-3 while going 0-3 straight up.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Suns have a straight up record of 7-3 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
Suns vs Trail Blazers Prediction
For a pick on the point-spread in this Suns vs. Trail Blazers matchup, our bet is to grab the Trail Blazers at +10.5. Even though our projections have the Suns winning 114-104, we see the Trail Blazers as the play on the point-spread.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 231.5, and our model predicts the Suns and Trail Blazers to score a combined 218 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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