Suns vs. 76ers Odds
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The Phoenix Suns will finish up a four-game road trip on Tuesday night after going head-to-head with the Philadelphia 76ers in the Wells Fargo Center.
Phoenix has been on a tear as of late, winning 13 of its last 14 games and simply dominating in all aspects of the game. Its high level of play has solidified its spot as the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, as it’s 2.5 games ahead of the Warriors with an overall record of 43-10.
Philadelphia is in the same boat, as the 76ers have won seven of their last 10 games and find themselves just two games back from the No. 1 seed in the East.
Both Phoenix and Philly have been playing some of their best basketball of the season, but this is the back end of a back-to-back for the Suns in what is the end of a long road trip.
Can Phoenix overcome its busy schedule and continue to dominate, or will Philadelphia keep up its stellar play and inch closer to the top of the Eastern Conference?
Will Suns Show Fatigue?
Phoenix has taken control of the Western Conference in dominant fashion and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.
In their most recent 15 games, the Suns have gotten production from just about everyone on the roster, further showcasing their depth and ability to score from all areas of the floor.
In that time span, Devin Booker has averaged 29.5 points while shooting 46% from the field. Chris Paul has posted averages of 17.3 points and 11.3 assists per game. and Bridges, Deandre Ayton, and Cam Johnson are all averaging more than 13 points per game.
That level of production has pushed Phoenix toward the top of the league in many offensive categories, including Offensive Rating, which currently sits at 117.5 in its last 15 games. The Suns have also managed to shoot 49% from the floor overall and 35% from behind the arc in that stretch, proving that opposing defenses can’t give them any breathing room when operating at that level of efficiency.
This has been one of the better defensive teams in the league this season, but Phoenix has seen its Defensive Rating rise to 110.2 in its last 15 from its season rating of 105.5. That’s likely in part from the fact that the Suns have surrendered at least 110 points in five of their last six games, with three of those games seeing their opponents score 124.
The defense hasn’t always been there for Phoenix lately, but its fire power on the offensive end of the floor has more than made up for it and can’t be ignored.
Embiid Continues to Lead 76ers
Philadelphia was hovering at the .500 mark for a large portion of the season, causing many to believe this team can’t compete without Ben Simmons on the floor.
However, those theories have since been put to bed, and the 76ers look like they can once again be contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Much of their success has been because of MVP candidate Joel Embiid, who has put the team on his back in their last 15 games. Embiid is averaging an incredible 34.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in that stretch and has been as close to unstoppable as it gets in the NBA.
However, this team has also received incredible production from second-year point guard Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris, both of whom are shooting at least 45% from 3 during Philly’s last 15 games. Their production has forced many teams to not focus solely on Embiid on the offensive end, which has only opened up the floor even more for the rest of the team to produce at a high level.
Philadelphia will enter this matchup with the eighth-best net rating in its last 15, according to NBA Advanced Stats, which further showcases its ability to get the job done on both ends of the floor.
Catching Phoenix on a back-to-back is good timing, and I think we will see its high-level ability on the offensive end continue in this one.
For most of the season. Phoenix and Philadelphia have been two of the better scoring teams in the NBA, and that has remained the case of late.
Both teams have seen their points per game rise recently, with Phoenix scoring an average of 114.4 and the 76ers averaging 108.9.
The Suns and Sixers also rank in the top seven in field goal percentage this season, and both should once again have no problems getting into a rhythm and remaining efficient in this one.
The Phoenix defense has been vulnerable recently, and the back-to-back scenario it currently faces will likely make Philly’s lives easier on the offensive end.
However, I still expect the Suns to continue their offensive dominance despite potentially facing some fatigue. As a result, I think we will see a high-scoring affair.
Pick: Over 217 (-115)