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Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/31/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia 76ers (16-19) at Phoenix Suns (14-23)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)

The Line: Phoenix Suns +2.5 -- Over/Under: 221 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN, FSAZ

The Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns meet Sunday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Philadelphia 76ers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 107.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds while JJ Redick is averaging 16.9 points and 3.4 assists. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Robert Covington is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last six road games.

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Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 12/31/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Phoenix Suns look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.7 points and 4.1 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 19.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. Isaiah Canaan is the third double-digit scorer and Greg Monroe is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost six of their last eight home games.

The 76ers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix, 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the favorite is 22-7 ATS in the last 29 meetings.

The Suns are getting healthy and are only being outscored by 1.6 points in their last five games. However, the Philadelphia 76ers are easily the better team between these two clubs and need to win games like this if they're going to fufill their goal of reaching the playoffs. I am a bit concerned about Philly being on the end of a back, but I'll side with the better team and the small line. I don't have much confidence in the Suns. 

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