San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns NBA Picks & Predictions 12/9/2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Talking Stick Resort Arena
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The San Antonio Spurs head to Talking Stick Resort Arena to take on the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, December 9, 2017. The opening line for this game has San Antonio as 8 point favorites.
The Spurs head into this matchup with a mark of 17-8. They are 2nd in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.0 as they are averaging 101.3 points per contest while giving up 97.3 per game. The Suns have an overall record of 9-18. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 107.3 points per game and surrendering 115.4, good for a point differential of -8.1.
Valuable San Antonio Spurs Betting Trends
The San Antonio Spurs are 13-11-1 against the spread
The San Antonio Spurs are 10-15-0 against the over/under
Important Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 12-14-1 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 16-11-0 against the over/under
Key San Antonio Spurs Injuries
12/07/17 G Manu Ginobili Knee injured last game, is probable Friday vs Boston
12/04/17 G Kyle Anderson Knee is out indefinitely
10/22/17 SF Kawhi Leonard Quad is OUT Friday vs Boston
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/08/17 C Tyson Chandler Personal is "?" Saturday vs San Antonio
12/06/17 SG Devin Booker Groin is out indefinitely
10/14/17 PG Brandon Knight Knee is out for season
LaMarcus Aldridge comes into this game averaging 22.6 points per contest while playing 33.3 minutes per night so far this year. He grabs 8 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.2 assists per game. His FG percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is 85%. Pau Gasol averages 11.2 points per contest in 25.3 minutes per game this year. He averages 3.2 assists per game and 7.7 rebounds per contest for San Antonio. His field goal percentage is 49% for the season while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Mike James has scored 10.2 points per contest while playing 21.5 minutes per game this season for the Suns. He hauls in 2.9 rebounds per contest and has 3.8 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 38% and his free throw percentage is at 77%. T.J. Warren averages 18.6 points per game this year and he's on the court an average of 31.4 minutes per game. He also brings in 5.8 rebounds per game and 1.2 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 74%.
Useful Team Statistics
San Antonio averages 101.3 points per contest this year, which is 25th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 3.96 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 15th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 12th in the NBA. They average 44.3 boards per contest and 23.3 assists per game, which ranks them 12th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 22nd with 14.4 per game. The Spurs allow 97.3 points per contest which is 2nd in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 11th and 10th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 41 rebounds a game which ranks 4th, and they allow 21.8 assists per game which puts them in 11th place in the league. They force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 12th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix is 11th in the NBA with 107.3 points per contest this season. They are 22nd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -8.11. They shoot 34% from beyond the arc, which is good for 29th in the league. They are 5th in the NBA in rebounding with 46 boards per contest and 28th in assists per game with 20.3. The Suns are 7th in turnovers per contest with 16.2. The Suns give up 115.4 points per game, which ranks them 30th in the league. Their defense is surrendering a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 26th and 25th in those defensive statistics. They rank 19th with 23.4 dimes allowed per game and 26th with 45.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Suns are 9th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.3 per contest this year.
The Spurs are 16th in the league in defensive rating with 102.9, and their offensive rating of 107.1 is ranked 28th. They are 29th in the NBA in pace with 94.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 21st. As a unit they are 21st in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 30% of their shot attempts, ranking 21st in the NBA. San Antonio is 20th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 51%, which is 25th in the NBA.
Phoenix is 12th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 8th in the league. The Suns are 24th in the NBA in offensive rating with 104.3, and their defensive rating of 112.2 is ranked 1st. In terms of pace they are 3rd in the league with 102.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 26th. As a team they are 25th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 29% of their shots, ranking 26th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Spurs/Suns NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Phoenix +8
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