Toronto Raptors (17-8) at Phoenix Suns (9-20)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns +11.5 -- Over/Under: 217.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.5 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.2 points and 4.5 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.4 points and seven assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last 10 road games.
The Phoenix Suns could use a win here after losing six of their last seven games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 107.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 115 points on 47 percent shooting. TJ Warren is averaging 18.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while Greg Monroe is averaging 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds. Mike James is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost four straight home games.
The Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Suns are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Wednesday games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Phoenix, 7-18-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I'm not trying to lay double-digit chalk with the Raptors, a team that's not as good on the road as they are at home and is coming off a loss to the Clippers as six-point favorites. However, I'm not trusting the Suns to keep it close without Booker on the court. Instead, I'll side with the over. The over is a popular trend when these two teams meet and the Suns continue to get lit up on the defensive end. This is a game where the Raptors could explode for 120 or so points, making the over a realistic play.