Sunday night NBA and we will see the Phoenix Suns travel to the AT&T Center to take on the San Antonio Spurs. Free Pick to follow. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised locally. Current Vegas betting odds have the Spurs listed as 15.5 point favorites, while the total is set at 202.5.
Analysis: The Phoenix Suns have not played well down the stretch at all as they come in having lost 8 of their last 9 games, which means they will be sitting at home for the playoffs. Overall the Suns are 39-41, which includes a 17-23 mark on the road. The Suns have gone 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points, but just 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. The Suns have been a good offensive team this year, ranking 11th in scoring (102.6 ppg), 16th in shooting, 21st in 3 point shooting and 11th in FT shooting. Defensively the Suns have been poor this year, ranking 26th in points allowed (103.2 ppg), 17th in defensive FG% and 17th in 3 point defense.
The San Antonio Spurs come in hot as they have won 20 of their last 23 games, which includes BB wins over Houston to help them move into 2nd place in the Southwest Division. The Spurs are 54-26 overall, including 32-8 at home and 18 of their last 20 wins have come by DD. This may be the Best team in the West right now. The Spurs have gone 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 18-5 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Spurs have been a good offensive team this year, ranking 8th in scoring (103.1 ppg), 4th in shooting, 5th in 3 point shooting and 4th in FT shooting. Defensively the Spurs have been solid, ranking 4th in points allowed (96.9 ppg), 12th in defensive FG% and 24th in 3 point defense.
Pick: Gonna go with the Under in this game. The 3 games in this series this year has put up just 175, 195 and 183 points and this game should follow suit as a game that will not top 195 points. The Suns have really struggled to score of late as they have averaged just 88.1 ppg in their last 8 games, while the Spurs Defense has really played well of late, allowing just 90.1 ppg in their last 9 games. The Spurs are huge favorite in this gae and I feel that when they jump out to the big lead they will call off the dogs in the second half and I just don't see Phoenix putting up enough points to put this one over the total.
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