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    CanuckG
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    Buying low on the Raptors +3

    They're 1-5 and look like a mess. They couldn't be playing any worse and having watched the games there's a mix of poor play, terrible ref luck and opponents clawing back in the 2H due to a variety of reasons. I do think they're better than their record though. They aren't made to shoot as many 3's as they're shooting and Nurse has to know that. Suns play a slow pace (29th in the NBA) which will benefit the Raps. When they have to run and gun vs teams I can't see them being competitive without a star player who can make shots. Depending on Lowry and Van Vleet to pull up in transition consistently is a recipe for disaster. They need to grind it out, play tough D and feed Siakam in the paint. Expect Crowder to defend Siakam which I give the adv. to Siakam. Lowry on Paul and limit Bridges from 3. Suns don't really attack the rim so keep everything outside and when they brick need a body like Len or Boucher to box out and grab a rebound which Raps have struggled with. I have faith Nurse will make these adjustments.

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    i feel like i need to see the Raps win a few games before i can back them but do understand your thinking here. Siakam has still been struggling, not quite as badly as he was in the bubble, but still has a bit of a ways to go. overall, i just think their situation being uprooted to Tampa is a really bad one which is affecting them everywhere and they're also really missing Ibaka and Gasol

    Suns defense is much improved and they're really getting after it on that end. their defensive numbers are helped by their slower pace though as you mentioned. they've also got guys steadily improving their games. just feel this game is Suns or pass with the Suns coming off a home loss while Raps traveling across the country plus the other factors already mentioned. i will say the line appears a bit suspiciously low so that would be the caution if backing the Suns
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orbison View Post
    i feel like i need to see the Raps win a few games before i can back them but do understand your thinking here. Siakam has still been struggling, not quite as badly as he was in the bubble, but still has a bit of a ways to go. overall, i just think their situation being uprooted to Tampa is a really bad one which is affecting them everywhere and they're also really missing Ibaka and Gasol

    Suns defense is much improved and they're really getting after it on that end. their defensive numbers are helped by their slower pace though as you mentioned. they've also got guys steadily improving their games. just feel this game is Suns or pass with the Suns coming off a home loss while Raps traveling across the country plus the other factors already mentioned. i will say the line appears a bit suspiciously low so that would be the caution if backing the Suns
    Yes I know the Suns want to keep that defense up. Been something they've worked on and Paul is so underrated on that end.

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    gl chasing raptors ml again tonight

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    any thoughts on Celts +3 and Knicks +7.5? Smart and Teague might be back for Celts, Jazz in obvious bounce back spot against Knicks but that's a bunch of pts to lay
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    I think it will be a let down game for celts tonight bur I've been horrid in NBA thus far

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    Quote Originally Posted by biggie12 View Post
    gl chasing raptors ml again tonight

    going down with ship you guys!

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    like the play canuck...

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    Canuck do not push it now

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    JJ call me

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    This is a L. Books didnt need the Raps to cover I guess.

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    They played pretty good. They are a just a few plays away from winning some games. Assists and free throws needed to be better but otherwise they played pretty damm good.

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    Haven't seen them play much this year, what's going on with them right now?

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