Phoenix Suns will host Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA action on Wednesday evening. The home side tied two defeats, and they want to get back on the winning track. The visitors are currently away from the playoffs zone, but they will search for a surprise in this match.
Phoenix sits on the top of its division, and they want to keep its pole position intact. However, the hosts need to return to the way of success in their third straight game on the home court. On the other hand, Portland cannot be satisfied with its campaign, as they will unlikely proceed to the post-season. Nevertheless, they don’t want to give up yet.
Phoenix Suns – Can they break their losing run?
Although they are currently the best team in the Western Conference, the Suns go to this match after two straight defeats at home. Nevertheless, they are comfortable on the top of the Pacific Division with a 49-12 record, being six wins ahead of the Golden State Warriors and having a game in hand. After losing to the New Orleans Pelicans, they suffered a 118-114 defeat against the Utah Jazz. Although they had a 51.2 field goal percentage, the Suns couldn’t stop Donovan Mitchell, who scored 26 points. On the other hand, the Suns played with a very shortened rotation, while the bench players produced only 11 points.
Devin Booker has been the most productive player in the Suns’ offense with 25.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on average. Deandre Ayton dominates the paint with ten rebounds while producing 16.5 points and having a 22.13 Player Efficiency Rating. Chris Paul has 14.9 pts per contest and tops the assists charts with 10.7 while also booking 1.9 steals per match. Cameron Payne will be out of the selection for this game, while all other players should be available to make appearances.
Expected Line-Up: Aaron Holiday, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
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Portland Trail Blazers – Are they capable of producing a surprise?
After four straight wins, the Trail Blazers tied two defeats and remained fourth in the Northwest Division with a 25-36 record. They played both games on the home court but head on a trip to Phoenix, hoping they can celebrate for the third time in a row on the road. Portland managed to surprise stronger teams like the Bucks and the Grizzlies, and they want to do the same against the best Western Conference team. However, the Trail Blazers should improve their field game percentage, especially the three-point one, which was at just 16.7 in a 124-92 defeat against the Nuggets.
Damian Lillard leads Portland’s offense with 24 points, 7.3 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per match. Josh Hart joined in the midseason trade and already made an impact with 19 pts, 5.4 rebs, 4.2 assists, and one steal per game. Jusuf Nurkic controls the paint with 11.1. rebounds per match while producing 15 points. However, he will be out of the contest for this one, as well as Damian Lillard, Eric Bledsoe, and Justise Winslow.
Expected Line-Up: Anfernee Simons, CJ Elleby, Josh Hart, Greg Brown III, Drew Eubanks
Expert Pick #1 – Phoenix Suns -11 @-110
Although they lost twice in a row, the Suns are firm favorites in this one. The line is heavy, but with Portland having a bunch of unavailable players, I think the hosts can cover it. That’s why I’m going to back the ATS as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 224.5 @-110
The Over cashed very often in these two sides’ games recently. Six of the Trails Blazers’ last eight road games went over the margin, as well as five of their previous six head-to-head clashes. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Phoenix Suns Over 118.5 @-110
Portland had defensive issues in the last three games, allowing 119+ points in each of those. On the other hand, the Suns are very talented in the offense, and I believe they can produce more than 118 points in this one. I’ll take this as the third pick at the same odds as the first two.