The NBA is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout March 26. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these matchups will be between the Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors. These two teams will look for a big win in this one after the trade deadline. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
The Suns have started out this season with a record of 29-14, which has them sitting in second place of the Western Conference. Phoenix is only three games behind the top spot, but are only one game ahead of the Clippers. The Suns will look to get a big win in this one to move up in the standings. Phoenix is coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a three game winning streak.
Toronto has put up a record of 18-26 to this point in the season, which has them in eleventh place of the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are only a game and a half back from the tenth seed. Toronto earned a win in their last game, which ended a nine game losing streak. The Raptors will look to build on that win in this one.
These two teams are sitting on opposite sides of their division standings, but this should be a good game on Friday night. Phoenix has been really hot as of late, while the Raptors are trying to get back in the playoff race. I expect the Suns to try and control this game early, while Toronto will look to find the rhythm they had in their last outing.
The Suns and the Raptors met up twice throughout last season. Toronto hosted the first game of the season series on February 21. Devin Booker scored 21 points, while Deandre Ayton scored 17 points and added 10 rebounds. Pascal Siakam finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds. The Raptors starting lineup combined for 92 points as they were able to earn a 118-101 win at home.
The second game of the season series shifted to Phoenix on March 3. Devin Booker dropped 22 points and 10 assists and Cameron Johnson added 21 points, but it was not enough for the Suns. Pascal Siakam finished with 33 points. Kyle Lowry put up 28 points, while Norman Powell scored 26 points as Toronto earned a 123-114 win on the road.
Phoenix hosted the first game of this season’s series on January 6. Pascal Siakam scored 32 points and Kyle Lowry scored 24 points on the night. This time the Raptors came up short though. Devin Booker put up 24 points, while Jae Crowder finished with 21 points. Cameron Johnson added 16 points off the bench as the Suns earned a 123-115 win at home.
The Raptors were able to sweep the season series against Phoenix last season, but the Suns were able to earn a win in this one. Toronto has struggled a bit more throughout this season, but they will look to knock off this dangerous Phoenix team. I expect both teams to try and come out quick in this one as they look for a big win on Friday night.
Field Goal Shooting
The Suns have been dangerous shooting the ball throughout this season. Phoenix has shot 48.9 percent from the field this season, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Suns have been able to make 38.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 7th in the league. Phoenix has been able to drain 83.1 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 3rd in the NBA.
Toronto has been solid shooting the ball to this point in the season. The Raptors have been able to make 44.8 percent of their shots from the field, which is 25th in the league. Toronto has also been shooting 38 percent from deep, which is 8th in the NBA. The Raptors have sunk 82.7 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 4th in the league.
Phoenix has been the better team shooting the ball throughout this season, but both teams have been good on defense. The Suns have held their opponents to a 45.8 percent from the field, which is 9th in the NBA. Toronto has been able to hold opposing teams to a 45.9 percent from the field, which is 10th in the league. I expect both defenses to look to step up early in this one.
Devin Booker has been the leader for this Phoenix team throughout this season. Booker has averaged 25 points per game. Chris Paul is averaging 16 points and 8.5 assists per game. Deandre Ayton has averaged 14.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. Mikal Bridges is averaging 13.5 points, while Jae Crowder has averaged 10.5 points per game. Cameron Johnson and Dario Saric are both averaging 10 points.
Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam are both leading the Raptors so far this season. VanVleet is averaging 20 points per game, while Siakam has averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. OG Anunoby has averaged 14.5 points per game, while Chris Boucher is averaging 13.5 points to round out the lineup.
Toronto will be without a key player in Norman Powell after trading him away at the deadline yesterday. The Suns have really strong depth coming in this one. Phoenix will look to come out strong in this one as they try to earn a big win in this one. The Suns will look to have their starters take over early as they look for a big win against the Raptors.
Phoenix will look to bounce back after taking a loss in their last game. The Raptors will look to earn a big win in this one though. The Suns have been much better throughout this season and they have been dangerous on the road. I think that Phoenix can outplay Toronto on both sides of the ball to get the victory in this one.
BetOnline has the Suns listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This implies that Phoenix will win this game a solid amount of the time. I agree with this line as the Suns are the better team entering this matchup. Phoenix has been strong throughout this season and they need to take advantage of games like this if they want to keep a top spot in the West. I like the value on the Suns in this one.