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76ers visit Suns in hoops battle

Philadelphia 76ersPhoenix Suns
8-20December 28, 2013, 09:00 | US Airways Center17-11

The Suns will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the 76ers at US Airways Center in NBA wagering action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Suns are 17-11 so far on the season, and 19-7-2 ATS vs. the number. The 76ers, meanwhile, are 8-20 and 11-17 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Phoenix go 16-12 and the 76ers go 19-9 on the totals.

View Philadelphia 76ers vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the 76ers listed as 10-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 214.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Suns rated this week at No. 8 and the 76ers sitting at No. 30. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 99-88 result in favor of the Suns today.

Philadelphia was a 116-106 loser in its last match on the road against the Bucks. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 222 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Thaddeus Young was dynamite, scoring 30 points and adding 10 rebounds but Milwaukee still won, 116-106, over Philadelphia on Saturday at Bradley Center.

The Suns were a 115-86 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Warriors. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (201) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Suns were blown out by Golden State on Friday, losing by a 115-86 final at Oracle Arena in basketball betting action.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Phoenix's No. 18-rated squad against Philadelphia's No. 8-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Phoenix rates No. 2 in the league with 9.61 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 18 with 7.43 per outing.

Next up:
Philadelphia at Los Angeles, Sunday, December 29th
Phoenix at Los Angeles, Monday, December 30th