Two squads sitting on opposite sides of the league table are clashing tonight, when the last in the West Phoenix Suns (9-29), who have won only once in their last six games, are hosting the fourth in the East Philadelphia 76ers (24-14), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 01-02-2019, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Suns +5.5
Phoenix Suns have a 9-29 record (17-21 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the last place of the West. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Warriors with a 109-132 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Devin Booker with 25.1 ppg, adding 3.9 boards and a team high 7.1 dimes per game. He is followed by TJ Warren with 18.8 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 24-14 record (18-20 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Clippers with a 119-113 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 26.5 ppg, adding a team high 13.4 boards per game. He is followed by Jimmy Butler with 18 ppg and 4.7 boards, while JJ Redick adds 18 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Sixers won at home with a 119-114 score. Suns have a 5-14 home record, while the Sixers are 8-11 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 114.1 ppg to Suns’ 105.4 and defensively, allowing 112.1 ppg to Suns’ 114.4 ppg. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.5% to 45.7%) and in 3-pointers (35% to 33.7%). Sixers are better in dimes made (26.7 to 23.9), in boards grabbed (47.6 to 41) and in turnovers committed (15.2 to 15.7). Sixers are the absolute favorite and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Suns squad.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Phoenix Suns Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -5.5 (-109)
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