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Suns open as NBA underdog vs Nets

Brooklyn NetsPhoenix Suns
March 24, 9:00 PM | US Airways Center

Brooklyn Nets vs Phoenix Suns Odds

40-29TEAM RECORD23-47

The Suns will try to cover the spread at US Airways Center on Sunday when they get a visit from the Nets in basketball action.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Suns currently sports a record of 23-47, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 26-42-2 ATS. The Nets are 40-29 and 33-34-2 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Suns post a 31-37-2 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Nets have gone 32-37 against the number.

View Brooklyn vs Phoenix Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Suns sat as 4.5-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 190.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 29-rated Suns and the No. 16-ranked Nets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 98-90 result in favor of the Nets.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 22-ranked offense (94.3 PPG) against a Nets defense that ranks No. 5 at 94.5 PPG. The Suns have averaged 44% from the field per game, less than the Nets have managed so far this season (44.5% on average).

Defensively, the Nets feature the league's No. 3-rated defense on the road, giving up 93.8 points per game. Phoenix, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Brooklyn, they were a 101-95 loser as they battled the Clippers on the road. The Nets covered in the match as an 8-point underdog, while 196 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Brook Lopez scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Nets to victory (they lost 101-95 to Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Saturday).

The Suns were a 117-86 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (203) made winners of OVER bettors. Phoenix was run off the court by the Timberwolves on Friday as Minnesota blasted them 117-86 at US Airways Center.

Brooklyn Nets Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Portland are 1-9
After playing LA Clippers are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few Nets at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Brooklyn's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn's last 5 games when playing Phoenix
Brooklyn is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Phoenix is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Brooklyn
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing Brooklyn
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Phoenix's last 19 games at home
Phoenix is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing Brooklyn

Next up:
Brooklyn at Portland, Wednesday, March 27
Phoenix at Utah, Wednesday, March 27