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Wizards visit Suns in hoops battle

Washington WizardsPhoenix Suns
20-21January 24, 2014, 09:00 | US Airways Center24-17

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Friday when the Wizards of Washington hit the hard court against the Suns of Phoenix.

The Suns sport a record of 24-17 and 26-13-2 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Wizards sit at 20-21 and 20-20-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 23-18 for the Suns and 24-17 for the Wizards. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Washington Wizards vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Stats.

Phoenix opened as -4.5-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 208.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

The Suns - Wizards odds would favor the Suns if the lines were set according to power ranks. Phoenix is rated No. 5 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Wizards sit at No. 16. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 96-93 win for the Suns.

Washington was a 113-111 loser in its last match at home against the Celtics. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 224 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. John Wall poured in 28 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Washington on Wednesday, as the Celtics rolled to a 113-111 victory over Washington at Verizon Center.

Phoenix won its last outing, a 124-100 result against the Pacers on January 22. The Suns covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 224 combined points took the game OVER the total. Indiana was run off the court by the Suns on Wednesday as Phoenix blasted the Pacers 124-100 at US Airways Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Phoenix's No. 12-rated squad against Washington's No. 20-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Phoenix rates No. 3 in the league with 9.46 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 16 with 7.8 per outing.

Next up:
Washington at Utah, Saturday, January 25th
Phoenix at Cleveland, Sunday, January 26th