The Washington Wizards are in the desert on Thursday night at the Footprint Center. Washington is on the road for their third outing of a six-game road trip. Following this stop in Phoenix, the Wizards will head to Utah for another tough matchup.
This isn’t the easy part of the Wizards’ schedule by any means. In their most recent attempt, the Wizards were well short against the Sacramento Kings in a 119-105 loss. The good news for the Wizards is that they won’t have to worry about Devin Booker tonight.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 16, 2021
However, Deandre Ayton will be in for the Suns after he returned in a 111-107 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers. His status was questionable for that one, but Ayton came back to help the Suns to a win in overtime.
The Wizards aren’t escaping the injury bug going into Thursday night. They are going to be in tough without Kyle Kuzma and likely Spencer Dinwiddie. Dinwiddie is listed as doubtful, as we await any minute for him to be ruled OUT.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 16, 2021
No Kuzma and Dinwiddie puts a lot of stress on Bradley Beal to do everything himself. Kuzma has averaged 13.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game this season, while Dinwiddie has 12.8, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.1 rebounds per game. You think that Daniel Gafford is slowing Ayton down tonight?
The injuries are hurting a Wizards team that has to be healthy to get back on track. They have lost six of their last seven outings and there is no sign of the bleeding stopping on the road. Washington has regressed to 15-14 on the year as a result of their recent slide.
Head below for our free Wizards vs. Suns pick on December 16, 2021.
Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:
|Washington Wizards||+9 (-110)||+335||Over 213 (-110)|
|Phoenix Suns||-9 (-110)||-415||Under 213 (-110)|
|Team Data||Washington Wizards||Phoenix Suns|
|Points Per Game||105.7||110.8|
|Points Against Per Game||108.0||104.8|
|Field Goal %||46.2||47.3|
|Three Point %||32.4||36.4|
Wizards vs. Suns Prediction:
The Wizards can’t afford to hold up well and win games without a healthy lineup. Remember that they’ve been without Rui Hachimura.
He’s been MIA and listed as OUT for personal reasons this season. Any injuries to their current group is just going to cause the Wizards to wear thin when it comes to depth.
Washington is 23rd in the NBA with 105.7 points scored per game. Their ability to shoot from three lacks much punch. Failing to shoot from downtown isn’t a recipe for success in this era of the NBA.
The Wizards are connecting at a 32.4% clip from three for the 28th best three-point percentage in the NBA. If the Wizards don’t want to work tonight, a stingy Suns’ defense should be able to contain them with ease.
Phoenix is sixth in the NBA with 104.8 points allowed per game, and allowing a field goal percentage of just 43.7% for third. Down a couple of players in Kuzma and Dinwiddie, the Wizards should have trouble scoring in this one.
Washington Wizards vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Trends:
- 3-12-1 ATS in their previous 16 games
- 1-5-1 ATS in their previous seven games as an underdog on the road
- 1-7 ATS in their previous eight games versus a team with a winning home record
- 1-10 ATS in their previous 11 games after allowing more than 100 points
- 0-3-1 ATS in their previous four games as an underdog
- 10-3 ATS in their previous 13 games after allowing 100 or more points
- 11-4 ATS in their previous 15 games on one-day rest
- 17-8 ATS in their previous 25 games versus the Wizards
- 10-0 overall in their previous ten games at Footprint Arena
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games versus the Southeast Division
The Suns have the second best field goal percentage in the NBA at 47.3%. That’s in large part a direct result of Deandre Ayton putting in high percentage shots.
Ayton is shooting an impressive 62.1% from the field. He scored 28 points in 12-17 shooting versus the Blazers in Portland.
The Suns may not be a complete lineup without Booker, but can still win at a high clip with Ayton their go-to option. Expect him to have another big game in this one versus the Wizards. Ayton is going to work Daniel Gafford for 4 quarters.
Washington should show some early resistance in this one. However, the Suns’ defense wearing on the Wizards should be too tough to keep up.
I’m looking at the Suns to add to their frustrations on Thursday night. Expect Phoenix to pull away for a double-digit win on their return home after a trip to LA and Portland.