Raptors vs. Suns - 11/24/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Phoenix Suns (9-5) at Toronto Raptors (11-2)
NBA Basketball: Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5 -- Over/Under: 207.5 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors play Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Phoenix Suns have won four straight games and wrap up a six-game road trip. On the season, the Suns are averaging 105.3 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 102.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas leads the Suns with 15.4 points on 42.4 percent shooting and Markieff Morris is averaging 14.9 points and six rebounds. Eric Bledsoe leads the Suns with 5.5 assists and Goran Dragic is averaging 14.6 points per game. The Suns are a terrific offensive team that’s shooting 34.8 percent from three and getting to the free throw line nearly 22 times per game. However, the Phoenix Suns defensive efforts have to improve if they’re going to compete for a playoff spot. The Suns have allowed 100-plus points in six of their last 10 games.
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The Toronto Raptors have won four straight games and sitting with the best record in the East. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 106.9 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 94.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors with 20 points on 40.5 percent shooting and Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.8 points and six assists. Jonas Valanciunas leads Toronto with 7.8 rebounds and Louis Williams is shooting 43.4 percent from the field. The Raptors are winning games with a defense that’s holding opponents to just 92 points in their last five games. Tyler Hansbrough is questionable for this game with a shoulder injury.
The Suns are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 vs. NBA Atlantic and 32-15-1 ATS in their last 48 road games. The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Suns are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto while the favorite is 9-3-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
I find it very hard to fade the Raptors, especially with the Suns playing now their sixth straight road game. Raptors are playing too well to lose this game at home against a tired Suns team.