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Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards - 1/24/14

Washington Wizards (20-21) at Phoenix Suns (24-17)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm (US Airways Center)

The Line: Phoenix Suns -3 - Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds

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The surprising Phoenix Suns welcome the Washington Wizards to town on Friday night.

Head to head, the Wizards are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix while the favorite is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The Suns are 21-6-1 ATS in their last 28 games playing on 1 days rest, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 27-13-1 ATS in their last 41 games overall. The Wizards on the other hand are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games, but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning SU record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

Phoenix Suns vs. Washington Wizards - 1/24/14

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Did you know that if you had bet on every on Phoenix in every game this season you would be doing very well for yourself as they have covered the spread in 27 of their 41 games this season. It’s such an impressive number for a team that was expected to finish dead last in the Western Conference before the season start by nearly every publication out there, including myself. Just have a look at their last two home games, wins over Denver and Indiana by 14 and 24 points, respectively. I mean, who the hell beats the Pacers by 24? Indiana’s second worst loss of the season came in Chicago by 16 points, when Derrick Rose was still playing.

Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards continue hover around .500 as they keep on producing mixed results. After winning three straight games, which included wins over Miami and against Chicago twice, the Wizards come into tonight’s game having dropped two of three after their 113-111 home loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. That loss against Boston was worse than you think considering they were without Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Jarryd Bayless. There starting backcourt consisted of Phil Pressey and Gerald Wallace for cry out loud and they were down by as many as 19 points in the first half. Just a terrible performance for a team that desperately wants to make the playoff this season.

While the Wizards have actually covered the spread in eight of their past 10 road games, how can you look past this Suns team right now? Having just spanked the leagues best team, they should come into tonight’s contest with a lot of confidence knowing they can take down anyone on their home floor. I would wait until later in the day to see where the line moves and then make your decision...

Dan’s Pick: Phoenix -3

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