The Phoenix Suns (5-2) host the Toronto Raptors (1-5) at PHX Arena Wednesday. Tip-off for the cross-conference affair will be at 9 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze the Raptors-Suns NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and predictions.
The Raps come into the desert off of back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Pelicans (120-116) and Boston Celtics (126-114) and a one-day rest. The Suns suffered a 112-107 loss at home against the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday following a four-game win streak.
Toronto won the head-to-head series 2-0 in 2019-20, winning games by 17 and 7 points.
Raptors at Suns: Betting odds, spread and lines
- Money line : Raptors +135 (bet $100 to win $135) | Suns -160 (bet $160 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS : Raptors +3.5 (-110) | Suns -3.5 (-110)
- Over/Under : 218.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
Raptors at Suns: Key Injuries
None affecting the betting lines.
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Raptors at Suns: Odds, betting lines, predictions and picks
Suns 115, Raptors 98
Money line (ML)
The SUNS (-160) offer plenty of value for a money line bet following Sunday’s narrow loss to a much better opponent than the one they’re facing Wednesday. Their four-game win streak included impressive road victories over the Utah Jazz (106-95) and Denver Nuggets (106-103). They beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-102 in their season-opener.
The Raptors appeared to get-right with a 100-83 win over the New York Knicks after losing their first three games of the season but back-to-back losses have sent them in the wrong direction once again. Gs Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet lead the team with 18.7 points per game and 21.8 PPG, respectively, but they’ll have their hands full on the defensive end with the Suns’ backcourt tandem of Chris Paul and Devin Booker. They’ll struggle on the offensive end as a result.
Suns C DeAndre Ayton is in store for a big game against the Raps’ frontcourt, and should easily top season averages of 13.7 PPG and 10.7 rebounds per game.
Against the spread (ATS)
The stronger play is to take the SUNS -3.5 (-110) to win by at least 4 points. Phoenix is 5-2 against the spread and wins by 7.3 PPG. Toronto is just 1-5 ATS and falls an average of 7.6 PPG below a cover.
Take the UNDER 218.5 (-105). The Suns rank fourth in defensive efficiency with just 102.4 points allowed per 100 opponent possessions while the Raps are tied for 28th in offensive efficiency.
Toronto is fifth in pace (possessions per game) but Phoenix operates at the slowest pace of all teams (98.2 possessions per game) and will be able to dictate the tempo.
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