Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns Prediction 3/7/2024

The Toronto Raptors (23-39) travel to face off against the Phoenix Suns (36-26) on Thursday, March 7th. This game will be played at Footprint Center in Phoenix and televised on AZFa. The Suns are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Nuggets. Tip-off is set for 9:00 ET.

Raptors vs Suns

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The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In the game against the Pelicans, Immanuel Quickley was the top scorer for Toronto, recording 17 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 38.7%. While Gary Trent Jr. was 2nd on the team with 16 points, Toronto fell short in the game with a final score of 139-98.

So far this season, the Raptors have an overall record of 23-39 and are 1-2 in their last three games. In their 62 games played, the Raptors are 16-23 against Eastern Conference teams and 7-16 against non-conference opponents.

Toronto arrives with an ATS record of 29-33 for the season up to this point. Toronto has covered the spread in two consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 16-14 on the road as opposed to 13-19 at home.

The Suns Are Coming Off A Win

The Suns’ most recent matchup against the Nuggets saw Kevin Durant lead the Suns with 35 points while shooting 14/34 from the field. Grayson Allen also contributed 28 points as the Suns won by a score of 117-107 vs. the Nuggets.

Coming into today’s matchup vs. the Raptors, the Suns are 36-26 and have a winning record. In the Western Conference, the Suns are in 6th place and are 2nd in the Pacific division.

Phoenix has an overall ATS record of 25-36 as they come into today’s game. In their last three home games, Phoenix has been unable to cover the spread, and they maintain an ATS record of 12-20 at home compared to 13-16 on the road.

Raptors Offense Breakdown

In 62 games games, Toronto has an average of 114.1 points per game (17th).

This season, the Raptors are 17th in the NBA in scoring at 114.1 points per game. However, they are much better on the road, averaging 117.3 points per game compared to 111.2 at home (6th in the NBA).

So far this season, Toronto has outscored the NBA scoring average in 46.8% of their games. They are 15th in the league in field goal percentage at 47%. In terms of pace, the Raptors are 14th in the NBA.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Raptors are 25th in the league at 35%. They are also 23rd in three-pointers made per game (11.8). In terms of free throws, Toronto is 21st in the NBA (16.5 made per game).

Suns Offense Breakdown

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Today, the Suns enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 117.1 points per game (12th).

At home, the Suns are averaging 117.1 points per game, which is 15th in the NBA. Overall, they are 12th in the league in scoring. In terms of pace, they are 15th at 98.8 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, Phoenix is 10th in three-point percentage at 37%. However, they are just 21st in three-point makes and 26th in three-point attempts.

Inside the arc, the Suns are 10th in two-point field goal percentage at 55%. Overall, they are 4th in the NBA in field goal percentage. In terms of free throws, Phoenix is 1st in attempts and 2nd in makes.

Raptors Team Defense

On average, the Toronto defense is giving up 118.0 points per game (23rd). Right now, they are on a 5 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. For the season, Toronto is ranked 24th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.7 free-throws per game vs. the Raptors and have an overall field goal percentage of 48.7%.

Suns Team Defense

Currently, the Suns’ defense holds the 16th rank in the NBA, allowing 114.3 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Suns’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.0% and allowing 36.4% from beyond the arc.

Key Players For The Raptors And Suns

In today’s game, we anticipate RJ Barrett leading the scoring for the Raptors, contributing 19 points while shooting 7/15 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 19.4 points per game, along with 5.3 rebounds.

On the other side, Kevin Durant is our projected leading scorer for the Suns. We have him ending the game with a team-high 28 and grabbing 7 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 52.4%, and his scoring average is 27.9 points per game.

Raptors vs Suns Trends

  • Although Toronto has a straight up record of 4-6 in their last ten road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 5-5. The team averaged 116 points per game in these games.
  • When looking at their past three home matchups, Phoenix has an ATS record of 1-2 while averaging 113 per game. The team went 1-2 overall in these games.
  • Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Raptors have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-3.
  • In their last three games as the betting favorite, the Suns have a straight up record of 2-1, while going 1-2 against the spread.

Raptors vs Suns Prediction

Coming in as the underdogs at +10.5, we have the Raptors as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.

Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 231 and given that our model is projecting 230 points between the teams, we like the under.

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