NBA Picks Suns to cover vs. Timberwolves

David Lawrence

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:27 PM GMT

Fueled by the growth of point guard Eric Bledsoe, the Phoenix Suns have been one of the early surprises of the 2013-14 season. However, they’re without their star these days as he nurses a knee injury. We’ll see if they can keep up with the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Wednesday.

The Phoenix Suns can win because…

Minnesota is a middling team. They are 17-17 on the year and are 6-6 in their last 12. Sure, the T-Wolves are a sizable home favorite on Wednesday but they’ve only covered four times in their last 16 when laying 6.5 to nine points at home.

Phoenix took a loss on Tuesday night in Chicago but that’s because the Bulls play airtight defense. The Suns are predicated on free-flowing offense and fast-paced action. Facing Minnesota, who gives up a whopping 102.6 points per game, will allow them to get back on track. Take the Suns with your NBA picks.

The Minnesota Timberwolves can win because…

The Suns are not the same team without Bledsoe. Few teams can handle the loss of a superstar and that’s what the Suns are forced to deal with these days. Not only is Bledsoe a prolific scorer himself (18.0 PPG), he creates so much for others with his assists (5.8 APG) and steals (1.5 SPG). He’s an All-Star and the Suns simply don’t have a replacement.

On top of that, the Suns are in a back-to-back situation on the road after playing in Chicago. That’s going to be a factor the sportsbooks will be considering – especially since their depth is already being tested.

Outlook & Pick

The Suns are probably going to be a good go-against with Bledsoe out but not on Wednesday. The T-Wolves are laying too much in this game. They don’t play well against good offenses (8-14 against teams that average 99 points or more) while the Suns are 14-3 ATS and 13-4 SU against teams that give up more than 99 points per game. Look for the T-Wolves to win but take the Suns with your sports picks.

Pick: Suns +7.5 at Bovada

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