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Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/17/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Phoenix Suns at Toronto Raptors
Date & Time Thursday January 17, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -13 -- Over/Under: 225.5
TV Channel
FSAZ, SPNT
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The Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors meet Thursday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Phoenix Suns could use a win here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 105.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 114.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 24.3 points and 6.9 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost nine of their last 11 road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.5 points and eight rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.6 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won their last seven home games.

The Suns are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest, 39-18 ATS in their last 57 vs. NBA Atlantic and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Raptors are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific. The Suns are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and 20-6-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Suns last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The over is 6-1 in Raptors last 7 overall.

The Phoenix Suns have played a lot of their best basketball on the road this season, but they're still being outscored by an average of 11.9 points on the road and don't play a lick of defense. The Toronto Raptors have been a covering machine on the end of back to backs and are winning by an average of 13.8 points when a double-digit favorite. The Phoenix Suns are losing by an average of 15.2 points when a double-digit underdog. The Suns are also just 6-8 ATS when a double-digit underdog. I have to side with the Raptors in a home blowout victory.

Pick:
Toronto Raptors -13

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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