Phoenix Suns (29-14) at Toronto Raptors (18-26)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +4.5 — Over/Under:
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The Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in NBA action at the Amalie Arena.
The Phoenix Suns look to stay hot after winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 113.9 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 25.1 points and 4.7 assists while Chris Paul is averaging 15.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Mikal Bridges is dishing 2.4 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 83.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors need a win here after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 112.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 20.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 20 points and 4.7 assists. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and OG Anunoby is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game.
The Suns are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games and 37-14 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Suns last 7 Friday games. The over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 home games. The Suns are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto and 19-6-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
The Phoenix Suns continue to be winning and covering machines dating back to the NBA bubble, and they’re winning their last five games by an average of 6.8 points while shooting 49 percent from the field. The Toronto Raptors have not only lost 11 of their last 13 games, but they got worse at the trade deadline by moving Norman Powell and others. The Raptors pretty much waived the white flag on competing this season. It’s likely going to be rough for the Raptors these final two months. I’ll lay the reasonable chalk with the Suns on the road.
Phoenix Suns -4.5
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