Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs Prediction, 1/28/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX
TV: Bally Sports Southwest-San Antonio
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-6)
The San Antonio Spurs are welcoming the Phoenix Suns at AT&T Center on Saturday. San Antonio opens this contest as 6-point dogs. The over/under comes in at 232.
The Suns stepped onto the hardwood against the Mavericks and went home with a loss by a final score of 99-95 in their last game. Phoenix finished with a 40.7% field goal percentage (35 out of 86) and made 13 of their 32 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Suns converted 12 of 16 shots for a rate of 75.0%. In regard to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 50 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 24 assists for this contest in addition to creating 7 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In terms of defense, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 42.9% from the floor on 33 out of 77 shooting. Dallas dished out 20 assists and had 3 steals in this contest. On top of that, Dallas pulled down 43 rebounds (7 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Dallas went 71.4% at the charity stripe by knocking down 20 of 28 shots. They made 13 of their 34 tries from long range. When talking about fouls, the Suns ended up finishing with 21 and the Mavericks recorded 10 fouls.
Cameron Johnson is a player who was a major contributor in this game. Johnson shot 66.7% from the floor but had no dimes when the game ended. He saw the court for 33 minutes played and totaled 8 boards. He recorded 22 points on 8 out of 12 shooting.
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Phoenix enters this one with a win-loss mark of 25-25 so far this season. They have an average of 112.6 points per outing (24th in the league) while hitting 46.2% from the floor. The Suns are hitting 38.8% on shots from distance (649 of 1,671) and 79.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Phoenix is snagging 43.7 boards per contest and has racked up 1,346 assists on the season, which is 3rd in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 14.3 times per game and as a unit they commit 21.2 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end of the court, the Suns are forcing their opponents into 14.9 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.2 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 7th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,166 relinquished for the season. The Suns are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 46.9% (2,005 of 4,273) and they relinquish 42.9 rebounds per game as a group. They are surrendering 36.2% on shots from distance and they are ranked 5th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.4).
When they last played, the Spurs took a defeat with a final score of 138-100 when they faced the Clippers. In the matter of how they cleaned up the glass, San Antonio allowed Los Angeles to collect 37 in total (6 on the offensive glass). They shot 47.4% from distance by hitting 18 out of 38 and finished the game at 16 out of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). The Spurs permitted the Clippers to knock down 52 of their 89 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 58.4% in this matchup. When the final whistle was blown, the Spurs shot 37 for 82 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.1%. Pertaining to three-point shots, San Antonio converted 8 of their 24 attempts (33.3%). They were able to knock down 18 of the free throws for a rate of 64.3%. The Clippers were called for 21 personal fouls in the game which got the Spurs to the charity stripe for a total of 28 tries. They also turned it over 12 times, while recording 2 steals for this contest. The Spurs corralled 31 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 42 in this contest.
Keldon Johnson ended up having an impact for the Spurs for this contest. He made 7 out of 13 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 53.8%, and had 3 rebounds. Johnson totaled 19 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 3 assists in this matchup.
San Antonio has a record of 14-35 on the year. The Spurs have committed 19.9 personal fouls every game and they connect on 74.2% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 27.0 times per game (4th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.4 times per contest. San Antonio has scored 5,518 points on the campaign (112.6 per game) and they grab 42.8 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Spurs are shooting 47.1% from the field, which has them ranked 17th in the league.
The San Antonio defense concedes 40.1% from downtown (632 of 1,575) and their opponents are connecting on 76.8% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 26.4 dimes and 43.5 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 28th and 14th in basketball. The Spurs on the defensive side of the court are 30th in the league in PPG surrendered with 122.1. They are able to force 14.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 51.0% from the field (30th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Phoenix (-6)
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