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Phoenix Suns vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/2/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Raptors (7-1) at Phoenix Suns (1-6)
Date & Time Friday November 2, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Phoenix Suns +11.5 -- Over/Under: 226
TV Channel
FSAZ, SPNT
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NBA | Toronto Raptors (7-1) at Phoenix Suns (1-6)
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The Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns meet Friday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling while building on their impressive 7-1 record. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 117.4 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.3 points and 7.8 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.5 points and 11.1 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 38.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost five of their last seven road games. 

The Phoenix Suns could use a victory here that would snap a six-game losing streak. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 103.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 118.1 points on 51.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 27.8 points and 6.8 assists while Deandre Ayton is averaging 16.9 points and 10 rebounds. TJ Warren is the third double-digit scorer and Trevor Ariza is dishing 3.6 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost 16 of their last 18 home games.

The Raptors are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference. The Suns are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 vs. NBA Atlantic, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Phoenix, 6-19-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings and the underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 8-1 in Raptors last 9 overall.

I'm not trying to lay monster numbers in the NBA, but the Toronto Raptors have been one of the more balanced and best teams in the league out of the gate. The Phoenix Suns are probably the worst team in the league right now, and they can't score, which is their thing they usually do well. The Suns are also just 2-5 ATS and aren't getting any better without Devin Booker. If betting this game, you have to eat the chalk with the Raptors.

Pick:
Toronto Raptors -11.5

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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