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Pointspread favors Nets in battle with Suns

Brooklyn NetsPhoenix Suns
2-5November 15, 2013, 09:00 | US Airways Center5-3

Phoenix looks to cover the Suns-Nets pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 5-3 mark when they host Brooklyn in NBA action.

This season the Suns are 5-3 overall and 7-0-1 ATS against the number, while the Nets are 2-5 and 2-5 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Phoenix is 3-5 on the OU, and Brooklyn is 3-4.

View Brooklyn Nets vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Suns as 1-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 195, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 22-rated Suns and the No. 7-ranked Nets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 94-85 result in favor of the Suns.

In their last action, Phoenix was a 90-89 loser on the road against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (179) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Phoenix got 23 points from Eric Bledsoe but lost anyway 90-89 against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday at Rose Garden.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Phoenix's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 98.88 PPG, against a Nets defense that ranks No. 20 at 101.14 PPG. The Suns field goal percentage has averaged 46.04% so far, more than the Nets shooters have achieved on the year, 43.87% per game.

Next up:
Brooklyn at Los Angeles, Saturday, November 16th
Phoenix at Sacramento, Tuesday, November 19th