NBA Game Preview - 76ers underdogs vs Suns at Phoenix
Philadelphia 76ers vs Phoenix Suns Odds
Phoenix will look to improve on its 11-21 record on Wednesday when they host Philadelphia in NBA odds action at US Airways Center.
Phoenix battles the 76ers, currently with a 15-17 mark (15-17 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 16-16 for the Suns and 19-13 for the 76ers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
The 76ers were listed as 3-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 194 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 29-rated Suns and the No. 23-rated 76ers in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 95-93 win for the 76ers on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 97.4 PPG, against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 8 at 95.8 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 44.9% so far, more than the 76ers shooters have achieved on the year, 43.9% per game.
Defensively, the 76ers feature the league's No. 8-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.7 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 in the league in scoring at home.
The 76ers were a 103-99 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Lakers. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (202) made winners of OVER bettors. The 76ers got a 26-point performance from Jrue Holiday, who added 10 assists as Philadelphia ran past Los Angeles 103-99 on Tuesday at STAPLES Center.
In their last action, Phoenix was a 114-96 loser on the road against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (210) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Luis Scola scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Suns to victory (they lost 114-96 to Oklahoma City at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday).
Philadelphia 76ers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Oklahoma City are 7-3
After playing LA Lakers are 4-6
After a win are 4-6
Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Oklahoma City are 9-1
After a loss are 1-9
A few 76ers at Suns trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Phoenix
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Philadelphia's last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
Philadelphia is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix's last 8 games at home
Phoenix is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Phoenix is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Phoenix is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games at home
Philadelphia at Oklahoma City, Friday, January 4
Phoenix home to Utah, Friday, January 4