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(37-24) Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns (21-42)
Date: Tuesday, March 7
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 225.5
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Tuesday NBA sees a short slate of just three games. Although the Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns isn’t going to move the needle much in terms of the national audience, both teams have a lot on the line.
It just so turns out that they have opposite things to play for.
The Suns, the worst team in the West, are playing for lottery position. The Wizards, one of the top three or four teams out East, are playing for playoff positioning.
This one should be a win for the Wiz based on each team’s motivation, but the question is: Can the Suns cover the spread?
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 6, 2017.
The Washington Wizards enter this contest having won three of their last four.
They have impressive victories over the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors, a loss to those same Raptors, and then an expected win over the Orlando Magic in their last outing.
On the year, the Wizards are averaging 108 points per game. That number is good enough for fifth in the NBA.
Defensively, this squad is allowing opponents to score 105.6 points per night. That number is good enough for 17th in the league.
Against Phoenix, controlling the pace is going to be crucial. The Suns like to play at a frantic pace and can score easy buckets when given the opportunity in transition.
For that same reason, controlling the ball is also going to be crucial. Phoenix struggles in half-court sets, so limiting turnovers means maximizing potential defensive opportunities against a squad like the Suns.
The Phoenix Suns enter this contest having won an impressive three in a row.
Their wins have come against an admittedly struggling Charlotte Hornets, but the other team have more meaning against the Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City thunder and one of the East’s consensus best teams in the Boston Celtics.
The problem, of course, is that this team doesn’t actually want to win — at least as far as management is concerned with an eye on the future. Every win takes away a ping pong ball come time for the draft lottery.
But as far as we’re concerned, we’ll ask the question: Does Phoenix’s win over Boston (a second-tier East squad) give us reason to believe we’ll see the same outcome against the Wizards (a second-tier East squad)?
The problem with assuming one win will translate to another is that Boston and Washington are apples and oranges.
Sure, they’re both fruit (teams out East looking to challenge the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers), but the defensive plan is going to change from one game to the next.
There’s the other fact that the Suns’ victory came on a freak play at the end of regulation.
We don’t have much confidence in them to replicate that same success on Tuesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Wizards are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games.
- Wizards are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference.
- Suns are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Suns are 11-27 ATS in their last 38 games following a straight up win.
- Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Free Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
Both teams have momentum on their side entering this contest, but the Wizards are more inclined to win while the Suns are more incentivized to come back down to earth.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Washington ATS
Give this one to the Wizards by a convincing margin.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Washington 110 – Phoenix 99
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