San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 4/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Antonio Spurs vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Bally Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: San Antonio (+9.5)
Phoenix Suns Arena is the venue where and the Phoenix Suns (40-15) will play the San Antonio Spurs (26-27) on Saturday. Phoenix opens this contest as 9.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 231.
The San Antonio Spurs took the court against the Toronto Raptors and went home with a loss by a final score of 117-112 in their last game. San Antonio finished the game having earned a 42.7% FG percentage (38 out of 89) and made 17 out of their 39 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Spurs buried 19 of 27 tries for a rate of 70.4%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they collected 41 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 26 dimes for this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and having 6 steals. When it comes to defending, San Antonio allowed the other team to go 46.6% from the floor on 41 of 88 shooting. Toronto recorded 21 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. Additionally, Toronto collected 54 rebounds (13 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 7 rejections. Toronto walked away from this one shooting 84.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 21 of 25 tries. They also knocked down 14 of 30 tries from beyond the arc.
Derrick White is someone who was a contributor for this contest. He racked up 25 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34:08 mins and totaled 3 rebounds. White finished shooting 43.8% from the floor and earned 5 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in the matchup for the Spurs was DeMar DeRozan. He snagged 4 rebounds in 37:36 min on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the field for the matchup by shooting 6-of-11 (19 points). Overall, DeRozan had 11 assists.
San Antonio will play this game with a win-loss record of 26-27 so far this season. They average 110.7 points per contest (20th in the league) while going 46.0% from the field. The Spurs are hitting 35.8% on 3-point shots (554 of 1,548) and 78.2% from the free throw line. As a team, San Antonio is grabbing 43.8 boards per contest and has tallied 1,299 assists for the season, which has them ranked 22nd in the NBA in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.4 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.9 fouls every game. Defensively, the Spurs have forced 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.6 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 8th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,306 surrendered for the campaign. The Spurs defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 47.0% (719 of 984) and they concede 47.5 boards per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 37.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 17th in basketball in PPG allowed (112.0).
When they last played, the Phoenix Suns took home the win by a final score of 122-114 against the Sacramento Kings. The Suns pulled down 29 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for this contest. They turned the ball over 11 times, while getting 9 steals in the game. The Kings earned 16 personal fouls for this contest which got the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 14 tries. They were able to make 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 85.7%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Phoenix made 14 of their 38 attempts (36.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Suns shot 48 for 86 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.8%. The Suns permitted the Kings to convert 43 of their 78 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 55.1% in this matchup. They finished 46.7% from 3-point land by connecting on 14 of 30 and ended up going 14 of 19 at the charity stripe (73.7%). In relation to attacking the glass, Phoenix allowed Sacramento to pull down 32 in total (4 offensive).
Deandre Ayton ended up being a major contributor for the Suns in the game. He converted 10 of 11 for this contest giving him a rate of 90.9%, and added 11 rebounds. Ayton totaled 26 points in his 30:16 mins on the hardwood, but left the arena with no assists. One more player that played a role for Phoenix was Devin Booker. He ended up finishing with 4 assists in his 31:14 minutes on the court, and he knocked down 8 out of 19 from the floor. Booker ended up shooting 42.1% from the floor in addition to contributing 23 points and 3 rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 40-15 so far this season. Phoenix has 6,323 pts for the season (115.0 per game) and they collect 43.5 rebounds per game. The Suns commit 19.4 personal fouls per contest and they hit 83.1% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Suns are hitting on 49.1% from the field, which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 27.3 times per game (2nd in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.0 times per game. The Suns on defense are ranked 5th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 107.8. The Phoenix defense gives up 34.7% on shots from beyond the arc (637 of 1,834) and opponents are converting on 76.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 22.2 assists and 42.9 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 2nd and 9th in basketball. They are able to force 13.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.8% from the floor (10th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix (-9.5)
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