Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 1/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: PHX Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+1.5)
The Phoenix Suns (5-2) play the Toronto Raptors (1-5) at PHX Arena on Wednesday. The spread on this matchup has Phoenix as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 217.
The Toronto Raptors stepped onto the hardwood against the Boston Celtics and took a loss by a score of 126-114 in their last game. Toronto finished the contest with a 40.0% FG percentage (36 of 90) and made 13 of their 37 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Raptors made 29 of their 38 shots for a percentage of 76.3%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 37 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 20 dimes for the game as well as earning 13 steals and 4 blocks. In reference to defense, Toronto allowed 48.8% from the field on 41 of 84 shooting. Boston distributed 19 dimes and had 3 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Celtics pulled down 56 rebounds (12 offensive, 44 defensive) and added 9 rejections. Boston shot 85.3% at the free throw line by burying 29 of 34 tries. They knocked down 15 out of their 29 tries from distance.
Fred VanVleet is one guy who was a factor in this matchup. He scored 35 points on 13 of 20 shooting. He played 33:26 minutes and also snagged 8 boards. VanVleet finished shooting 65.0% from the field and totaled 3 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in the matchup for the Raptors was Pascal Siakam. He grabbed 6 boards and also accounted for 3 dimes. He finished shooting 46.7% from the field for this game via 7-of-15 (22 points). Overall, Siakam was on the court for 32:57 min.
Toronto enters this one with a mark of 1-5 so far this year. The Raptors are connecting on 33.5% from downtown (90 of 269) and 80.3% from the charity stripe. They average 106.0 points per game (26th in the league) on 41.2% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 15.2 times per game and as a group are committing 25.0 fouls per contest. As a team, Toronto is pulling in 43.0 boards per game and has racked up 141 assists for the year, which has them ranked 25th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Raptors are able to force 18.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20.0 fouls. They concede 34.8% on 3-point attempts and they are 13th in the NBA in PPG allowed (110.2). The Raptors defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 44.1% (112 of 120) and they surrender 51.0 boards per game as a squad. They currently rank 7th in the league in giving up assists with 153 surrendered on the year.
The last time they took the court, the Phoenix Suns walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 112-107 when they faced the Los Angeles Clippers. The Suns were able to pull down 33 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 40 for this contest. They also blocked 3 tries while getting 4 steals in the matchup. The Clippers were called for 22 fouls for this game which took the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to knock down 23 of them for a rate of 82.1%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Phoenix knocked down 10 out of 33 attempts (30.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Suns walked away from this one shooting 37 out of 75 from the floor which had them sitting at 49.3%. The Suns allowed the Clippers to convert 40 out of their 83 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 48.2% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 58.6% from downtown by connecting on 17 out of 29 and ended up going 15 of 19 from the charity stripe (78.9%). Concerning rebounding, Phoenix permitted Los Angeles to grab 37 in total (8 offensive).
Devin Booker ended up having an impact for the Suns in this game. He made 7 out of 13 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 53.8%, which got him 25 points. Booker snagged 5 boards in his 44:40 mins of time on the hardwood and accumulated 8 assists in this matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Phoenix was Deandre Ayton. He notched 24 points in 29:30 mins played via 9 of 12 from the floor for this contest. Ayton wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the field while also collecting 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
Phoenix has a win-loss mark of 5-2 so far this season. As an offensive unit, the Suns are connecting on 46.9% from the field, which has them ranked 9th in the league. Phoenix has totaled 755 points for the season (107.9 per contest) and they pull down 41.9 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 25.3 times per contest (10th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.9 times per contest. The Suns have committed 20.9 personal fouls per contest and they go 82.2% from the charity stripe. The Suns on the defensive end are ranked 1st in the NBA in PPG given up with 100.6. They concede 20.6 dimes and 42.3 total rebounds per game, ranking them 1st and 7th in the NBA. The Phoenix defense concedes 34.2% on 3-point shots (68 of 199) and opponents are knocking down 71.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 14.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.4% from the field (14th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (+1.5)
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