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(8-16) Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers (13-9)
Date: Monday December 4
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Philadelphia -10.5
NBA Betting Total: 227
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The Phoenix Suns continue a six-game road trip Monday vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. This is the first meeting of the season between each franchise.
At 13-9, and rostering a vanguard of young talent, Philadelphia is a legitimate playoff-threat in the Eastern Conference. It seems the much-maligned ‘process’ authored in 2013 by deposed Philly GM Sam Hinkie is finally making strides as youngsters Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid command center stage.
Meanwhile, under Jay Triano, Phoenix’ rebuild laurels aren’t on par with Philadelphia’s. However, the Suns are inching toward respectability as Devin Booker, and T.J. Warren place consistent pressure upon opposing defenses.
A brief look at the standings shows Philadelphia has won seven-of-ten contests while Phoenix has won only three of its last ten outings.
Recently, the Sixers defeated Detroit 108-103 on Dec 2 at Wells Fargo Center. Conversely, the Suns lost a hard-fought contest to Boston, 106-102 on Saturday.
Philadelphia lists Jahilil Okafor (personal) and T.J. McConnell as day-to-day. Phoenix lists Alex Len (ankle) as day-to-day.
After not playing at home since a Nov 22 overtime loss vs. Milwaukee, Phoenix has lost five of seven, with its only wins coming against Chicago. During this stretch, Phoenix ranks 28th league-wide in point differential (-8.1) and has dropped double-digit contests vs. New Orleans, Minnesota, and Detroit.
The Suns also rank as the 25th offensive and 23rd-rated defensive unit since Nov 19. However, the Suns’ errant shooting –bottom five in EFG and TS%, coupled with sloppy ball handling (#27 turnover %) is directly related to the team’s struggles.
However, vs. Boston the Suns showed legitimate fight and pushed the Celtics for 48 minutes. 21-year-old scoring savant Devin Booker routinely placed Brad Stevens’ vaunted defense on its heels while netting 38 points Saturday evening.
Unfortunately, the Celtics’ poise, and 52/45% shooting, including 14-made 3-pointers, kept Phoenix at bay.
Moreso, the Suns’ latest outing was an aberration from non-competitive routs in which opposing units found baskets at will vs. a lax Phoenix defense.
Even as the young Suns lead the NBA in pace, their frequent miscues, i.e., multiple fouls, turnovers, and poor spacing, leave much improvement to be desired from this team.
Although, as mentioned, Booker and Warren, along with a mix of capable veterans, constitute a spoiler-worthy unit which can certainly gain an upset against Philadelphia if shots begin to fall.
Prodigies Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have infused Philadelphia with tantalizing visions following a 16-17′ campaign offset by malady.
While making a triumphant return from season-ending injury, after being drafted #1 overall in 2016, 6’10 Simmons has capitalized upon recent #1 pick Markelle Fultz’s shoulder injuries to average 17 ppg, 9 rpg, and 7 apg as Embiid (23 ppg, 11 rpg, 3 apg) dominates the entire floor.
Bolstered with a capable bench and secondary starters, including sharpshooter J.J. Redick, the Sixers are a team on the rise, built to compete now behind a top-ten defense and rebounding attack. The Sixers, though, are still learning how to win, and in the teams’ interconference affair, plucky Phoenix will be a competitive nuisance every step of the way.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Philadelphia is 7-3 SU in its last ten contests.
- Phoenix is 3-7 SU in its last ten contests
- Phoenix is 10-13-1 ATS this season
Free Phoenix Suns vs.Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
As stated throughout, Phoenix rosters the spry legs and cagey veterans to potentially upset, if not thoroughly test upstart Philadelphia. That stated, the Sixers will push pace with the league’s pace leader and battle on the glass for second-chance opportunities as Ben Simmons gets any shot he wants against Tyler Ulis and Mike James.
The major difference, however, will be Joel Embiid. Expect the brash young center to out-hustle and out-maneuver Phoenix’ gaggle of post players. Also, Philadelphia will expand and contract the Suns’ 30th-ranked defense with effective inside-out sets.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Suns +10.5
This contest is intriguing and will certainly be entertaining as four of the NBA’s top young stars collide. Although, PhIlly’s colts are of a higher pedigree and will win the day, I like the Suns to keep it competitive.
Philadelphia scores 108.5 ppg (8th NBA) and allows 107.8 ppg (11th pace-adjusted). Phoenix scores 107.1 ppg (12th) and allows 115.8 ppg (30th).
NBA Free Score Prediction: Sixers 112 – Suns 106
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