Suns (41-16, 18-7 road) at 76ers (39-18, 22-6 home)
- Time: 4 PST – 6 CST – 7 EST
- Place: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- TV: ESPN, Bally Sports Arizona, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBA League Pass
The Suns start the day at 1.5 game back of the 1-seed Utah Jazz in the Western Conference while the 76ers keep hold of the top sport in the East by 0.5 games over the Brooklyn Nets.
This shapes up as a classic 1-2 matchup as the Suns are on their second game of a 5-game road trip where they match up against five of the top six teams in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia ends a four-game home stand as they currently stand at 2-1 after Monday night’s loss to Golden State which ended a four-game winning streak.
Phoenix has won five out of it’s last six and 12 out of 14 as the Suns are now putting the heat on the Jazz for Western Conference supremacy.
The Suns’ 18-7 road record grades out to the league’s best road mark percentage wise (72%) and second in franchise history.
Phoenix has won three in a row in the series, including a 120-111 triumph back in Phoenix on Feb.13. Devin Booker had 16 of his 36 points in the third quarter as the Suns won their fifth in a row.
- Suns – Abdel Nader – (knee) – OUT Dario Sarić (ankle) – Probable
- Sixers – Tobias Harris – (knee) Ben Simmons – (illness) – Day to Day
Vs. The Spread
Phoenix (36-21, ATS)
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of the Suns’ last 12 games
- The Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Philadelphia
- The OVER has been the play in 7 of the last 8 Suns-76ers games in the City of Brotherly Love
Philadelphia (30-24-3, ATS)
- The 76ers check in at 4-8 ATS in their last 12 games
- The UNDER has been the play in 7 of the 76ers’ last 8 games
- The Sixers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games
Last Time Out:
Devin Booker tossed in the game-winning free throw with 0.3 seconds remaining to lift the Suns to a 128-127 overtime victory in Milwaukee. Booker led Phoenix with 24 points while Chris Paul had 22 points and 13 assists. The game saw 24 lead changes and 16 ties.
Golden State’s Steph Curry annihilated the 76ers with 49 points as the Warriors pinned a 107-96 loss on Philadelphia. Joel Embiid paced Philadelphia with 28 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists although the 76ers shot only 39.3 percent from the field. The 76ers took an 88-86 lead midway through the fourth quarter, but could not contain the hot shooting Curry who made three of his 10 triples down the stretch.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Phoenix Suns||-1 (-115)||-115||O 220½ (-110)|
|Philadelphia 76ers||+1 (-105)||-105||U 220½ (-110)|
Philadelphia has stylized itself as one of the top defensive teams in the NBA thanks for the most part to such a formidable shot-blocking force as Joel Embiid is back in the middle. Phoenix counters with a rising star in big man DeAndre Ayton (15.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg), who shoots 64 percent from two and he will be a challenge for Embiid. Coach Doc Rivers hopes for the return of Ben Simmons has he will be needed on the defensive end against either Devin Booker or Chris Paul. Booker (25.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.5 apg) as he continues to be one of the top overall players in the game. Paul (15.7 ppg, 8.8 apg) is a different cover with his penchant on assisting and making his teammates better. He has double digits in assists in four of his last six games.
Key Suns Stat:
Booker has scored 30-plus points in each of his last seven games vs. Philadelphia as this is the longest such streak against an opponent in Suns’ history. He averages 29.7 points per game vs. Philly which is his most against any opponent.
Suns ball-handlers have been steady and consistent all season as the team is second in the NBS in assist-to-turnover ratio with a solid 2.09:1 percentage. Paul is fourth in the Association with a 4.1 ratio while Cam Payne has a 3.36 ratio.
With Simmons in the game, then Danny Green will draw whomever he doesn’t cover between Paul and Booker. Green has started all 56 games, but look for the athletic Matisse Thybulle, a defensive stopper by trade to see ramped up minutes as he leads Philadelphia in steals at 82 while averaging 19.6 minutes per game. The key will be keeping enough offense on the floor as Thybulle is not a scorer and the need for Green on the perimeter because of his three-ball and ability to get to the line will be a prime issue as the game unfolds.
Key 76ers Stat:
Green’s presence on both ends of the floor makes him one of the most well-rounded players in the league. He joins Fred Van Vleet of the Raptors as the only two players in the league with at least 75 steals and 145 made threes. A three-pointer this evening would give him a streak of 32 consecutive games with at least one made triple, a personal high.
Getting Embiid off fast against Ayton will be a huge priority for Doc Rivers as the 76ers’ big man has gone over 15 points in the first half 28 times on the season, the most in the NBA. Embiid has five games this season where he has finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, which 11th in the Association.
Winner: 76ers (+1) 112, Suns 110