Spurs Continue To Roll, But Phoenix Will Stay Within The Number

Charles Stark

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 1:17 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 1:17 PM UTC

The Spurs rolled the Chicago Bulls on Christmas and now they look to do the same to the Suns. The Spurs are big double digit favorites. Is there any way Phoenix can stay within the number?

Phoenix Suns

Phoenix has lost four of their last five games but they’re remaining somewhat competitive this season despite their overall losing record. Currently, Phoenix is averaging 107.3 points per game which rank them eighth in the NBA and they also rank seventh averaging 39.5 field goals made per game. We know with Phoenix we are to get this style of offensive play where they get up and down the floor with not much going on the defensive side of the ball. I think tonight this will be enough though with this big spread set by oddsmakers. Defensively Phoenix will struggle tonight stopping a San Antonio team that is extremely efficient from the floor. However, although they rank in the bottom of the league in most categories, they have been decent allowing opponents to shoot 50% of their two-point shots along with opponents getting up just 25.9 three-pointer attempts per game ranking them 22nd and 12th in the league respectively. Definitely not great numbers, but with their solid offensive play and decent shooting statistics they should stay within the number.

 San Antonio Spurs

The machine continues the roll in San Antonio and although most people are talking about Golden State and Cleveland don’t be surprised to see San Antonio in the NBA finals. They are so efficient and so good on both sides of the ball it is never easy to go against them no matter the spread. Currently, San Antonio ranks first in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage and third and overall shooting percentage. Recently though we are seeing an uptick in their defensive play which is their foundation and they rank in the top 10 in most defensive categories highlighted by allowing opponents to shoot just 33.8% from distance which ranks third. Let’s face it, San Antonio can name the score tonight but with this big spread, I think the smart play is to go ahead and fade them. Phoenix has shown the propensity to put up points and at least be competitive in most of their games. Look for San Antonio to win by about 10 points with Phoenix covering.

 NBA Odds

Oddsmakers have made San Antonio a -14.5 favorite, and although it might be tempting to back the spurs and the spot for my NBA pick, I’m going to take Phoenix plus the points. The Suns have enough offensive weapons to lose this game by a manageable margin.


Free NBA Pick: Suns +15Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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