The Phoenix Suns host the Houston Rockets in an NBA game Sunday night at the Footprint Center in Phoenix.
The game is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. MST and can be seen on Bally Sports Arizona and on ATTSN-SW.
Who will win the game?
Check out these odds, picks and predictions for the contest.
The Suns are an 11.5-point favorite in the game, according to Tipico Sportsbook.
Phoenix is at -900 on the moneyline and Houston at +550.
The over/under of the match is set at 228.5 points.
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He writes, “The 117.6 points per game the Suns put up is only 1.2 points less than the Rockets are giving up (118.8). When Phoenix scores over 118.8 points, that’s 2-0 against the spread and 2-0 on aggregate.”
Doc’s Sports: Take Houston with the points against Phoenix
Josh Schonwald writes, “The Suns on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in basketball in points per game given up with 105.8. They forced 15.6 OTs per game and allowed teams to shoot 44.7% from the floor ( 9th in the NBA).The Phoenix defense allows 34.5% on shots from distance (58 of 168) and opponents convert on 76.7% of their free throws.They gave up 20.0 dimes and 40, 8 boards per game, which is 2nd and 3rd in the NBA.”
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Stat Salt: Go with the Suns to cover against the Rockets
Brandon Katz writes: “The Rockets are an undersized team, and their home defense is particularly poor, Ayton should have a significant game advantage in the paint. Phoenix will face New Orleans at home on Friday before also facing Houston at home on Sunday, so this team should be rested and ready to go.The Suns defense should be the difference in this game.
Bigal.com: Suns 125, Rockets 108
He writes: “An explosion is on the menu. The Suns are better on offense and defense, and efficiency. PG Chris Paul is fully aware that these kids will throw athleticism at him and not much else. The result will be a meeting track the kids in Houston are totally unprepared for.Bet on the Suns to cover the spread no matter what.
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ESPN: Suns have 86.6% chance of winning
The site gives the Rockets a 13.4% chance of winning the game on Sunday.
FiveThirtyEight: Suns have a 91% chance of winning
The site gives the Rockets a 9% chance of winning in the game.
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