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Phoenix Suns vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 1/2/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia 76ers (24-14) at Phoenix Suns (9-29)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Suns +5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
NSPA, FSAZ
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NBA | Philadelphia 76ers (24-14) at Phoenix Suns (9-29)
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 114 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 26.5 points and 13.3 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 18.1 points and 3.2 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing 9.3 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.4 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have split their last six road games.

The Phoenix Suns could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 114.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.1 points and 7.1 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18.8 points and 4.1 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost nine of their last 11 home games.

The 76ers are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 vs. NBA Pacific, 7-15 ATS in their last 22 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The Suns are 39-17 ATS in their last 56 vs. NBA Atlantic, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The 76ers are 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Phoenix and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings. The over is 8-2 in 76ers last 10 games playing on 0 days rest.

The Philadelphia 76ers have been quite inconsistent this season, but they show flashes of putting it together and are coming off a beatdown road win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Phoenix Suns have retured to reality after a week of winning, and it comes down to a defense that's allowing 51.1 percent shooting and 120.6 points in their last five games. It's also important to note that the Phoenix Suns did most of their winning on the road, as they can't seem to do anything at home. Weird. I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the 76ers.

Pick:
Philadelphia 76ers -5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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