Shall we expect some high flying action as the Sixers travel west to take on one of the best offenses in the NBA in the Phoenix Suns? Stand by as I provide you with my betting pick for this matchup.
The NBA odds have Phoenix as a heavy 13.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 209.5.
All of the Sixers wins have come on the road. Do they have a chance as double-digit dogs against a Suns team with no legitimate center?
The Suns are coming off back to back games in which they were outrebounded by their opponent by double figures in each game. Philly will surely look to expose this and guys like Nerlens Noel will need to come up big in the land of the rising sun.
Potential is one of those deadly words in the NBA because sometimes a player doesn't living up to the billing and a team invests a lot of money and time into the individual. In Nerlens Noel's case, it remains to be seen if he will ever live up to his lottery status, but this is a player that's well suited to face Phoenix.
Noel is a player that can give the Sixers double figure scoring at any time, but his shooting has simply been awful lately and it's understandable why he doesn't always look for his offense. That said, this is a 6 foot 11 player that can play spectacular defense by either controlling the glass, picking pockets, or blocking shots. Noel has shot a dismal 31.1% in his last 5 games and has had double digit rebounds in 3 out of 5 of those game. Alex Len is no Tim Duncan and I look for Noel to play well against Phoenix.
Fallen Off the Map
One player who the Sixers rely on heavily, has hit a major cold spell. Michael Carter- Williams is going through one of the roughest stretches of his short NBA career.You could say that the reigning Rookie of the Year is having a sophomore slump.
Carter- Williams simply hasn't been able to knock down his shots. He's shooting just 37.9 % from the field and this has contributed to the SIxers being one of the worst offensive teams in the league. Carter-Williams, who averages 15.1 points per game, will continue to keep shooting, but the Sixers need more efficiency and leadership from him and Robert Covington, who is also shooting below 40% from the field this season.
Ending the 2-Game Slide
Although they have lost their last 2 games, the Suns have been very competitive and in their last game, it took Kevin Durant 44 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Thunder to defeat the Suns in overtime at home, 137-134. There is no shame in a loss like this for the Suns as Phoenix shot over 50 % from the field, 48.1% from beyond the arc, and the trio over Eric Bledsoe, Markieff Morris, and Goran Dragic each scored more than 20 points, A similar effort here and the Suns will run away with the game against an anemic Philadelphia offense.
While Goran Dragic has scored 20 points or more in each of his last 3 games, Eric Bledsoe has been the leader on this team and I can see him having a huge game against an overmatched Sixers club.
13.5 points are a lot to lay for Phoenix, but they're playing possibly the worst team in the NBA and in this case, I'm siding with the Suns as my NBA pick.
NBA Pick- Phoenix- 13.5 at 5Dimes