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2021 NBA Handicapping
(1-5) Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns (5-2)
Date: Wednesday, January 6
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Suns -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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On Wednesday, January 6th, the underachieving, struggling Toronto Raptors face the early impressive Phoenix Suns for the first time in this 2020-21 campaign.
The Phoenix Suns hold the all-time record between the squads with 29 victories in 47 meetings. Last season these clubs met twice with the Raptors taking both matches.
The biggest surprise of the early season is how poorly the Toronto Raptors are playing. They’ve started the season 1-5 despite holding double-digit leads in every game.
Toronto had motivation facing the Celtics, who knocked them out of the playoffs on a final shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Moreover, Boston entered Monday night severely depleted at the guard position with each of Marcus Smart, Jeff Teague, and Kemba Walker out due to injury.
Making the situation tough for Toronto is even when they play at their transplanted home in Tampa the fans attending are typically there to support the opponent essentially making every match a road game.
Nick Nurse pointed to the lack of size at the point as an issue and while the diminutive Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet have feasted in prior seasons the loss of Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol seems to have derailed the stellar defensive lineup that also features OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam.
In the loss to Boston, VanVleet (35) and Lowry (18) played well but Toronto had issues stopping the Celtics as Jayson Tatum scored 40. Siakam (22) had a decent outing after struggling against the Pelicans.
Another issue was the bench who were outscored 60 to 29.
The Suns came close to owning a 6-1 record after erasing a 31 point lead versus the LA Clippers. Phoenix showed their mettle as things got chippy on the court with several Suns players chirping at Paul George who lit them up for 39 points.
LA jumped on the Suns from the tip winning the initial frame 37-24 and the second-quarter 27-20 to build a 20 point lead by the half. Phoenix responded with their own 37-24 third quarter and cut the lead to a single point but couldn’t push through to capture the lead.
Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton led the way with 25 and 24 points respectively.
Facing his former team albeit with all new faces, Chris Paul posted a line of 15 points, six assists, and nine rebounds. Dario Saric was the only other double-figure scorer with 15 points.
Jalen Smith (ankle) and Abdel Nader (concussion protocol) aren’t expected to dress for Wednesday’s match.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 18-8 in TOR last 26 overall
- Under is 7-1 in PHO last 8 overall.
- Underdog is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction: the Clippers win and cover.
Although Chris Paul offers a smaller guard for VanVleet and Lowry to deal with the problem is Booker is a Raptors killer. Despite winning the past six matches against the Suns, Phoenix is always a tough out, and with their revamped roster will have the definitive edge.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +7.5
Aron Baynes knows Deandre Ayton from playing in Phoenix last season which could be beneficial. Still, it won’t be enough and until I see the Raptors taking a step on both sides with Siakam and Anunoby becoming consistent contributors it’s hard to pick them.
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