The Phoenix Suns (8-25), 7-point underdogs, will travel to the Barclays Center to meet the Brooklyn Nets (15-19). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 220.5 points and it can be seen on YES Network at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 23, 2018.
Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets Betting Odds
Both teams lost in their last outing. The Suns (11.5-point underdogs) were defeated by the Washington Wizards, 149-146, while the Nets (3-point underdogs) fell to the Indiana Pacers, 114-106. Both games went over their projected point totals. The Phoenix game finished 72.5 points over the projected point total of 222.5, while the Brooklyn game finished 10.5 points over the projected point total of 209.5.
Phoenix forced Washington into a turnover percentage of 15.2 (above their season average of 11.8) while Brooklyn had an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 (above their season average of 25.5). Rodions Kurucs was a key piece for Brooklyn with 24 points. Meanwhile, Devin Booker had a solid performance for Phoenix, recording 33 points and 14 assists.
In their first matchup this year, Caris LeVert led the Nets to a 104-82 victory. He was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points. Brooklyn covered as a 2-point favorite and the two teams combined for 186 points, which was well under the projected point total of 220.5. The Nets’ turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Suns. Brooklyn had a rate of 9.1, while Phoenix posted a mark of 18.2.
Of the Suns’ 32 games with betting action, 19 have finished under the total. Phoenix heads into the game with records of 8-25 straight up (SU) and 13-19 against the spread (ATS).
Games including the Nets have no tendency in regards to the total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under. Further, Brooklyn owns records of 15-19 SU and 18-16 ATS.
The Suns’ T.J. Warren has been playing well over his last five games, averaging 24 points,1.2 steals per game. Meanwhile, Spencer Dinwiddie has averaged 25 points,5.0 assists during that same time frame for the Nets.
The offensive glass should be a solid advantage for Brooklyn in this contest. The Nets rank seventh in offensive rebounding percentage (25.6 percent), while Phoenix ranks 27th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.9 percent).
Suns vs. Nets Betting Pick
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Suns, ATS Winner – Suns, O/U – Under
- The Nets rank 1 in three pointers allowed per game (26.5) while the Suns rank 6 (29.181818181818183).
- Brooklyn ranks second in fast break points allowed per game (10.0) while Phoenix ranks last (16.8).
- The Nets average 49.1 points in the paint per game, which ranks 12th in the league. The Suns rank last in points allowed in the paint per game (52.7).
- Brooklyn ranks 13th in second chance points per game (13.4) while Phoenix ranks 28th (11.0).
- Phoenix ranks 16 in points off turnovers per game (16.636363636363637) while Brooklyn ranks 25 (15).
- The Nets rank sixth in assists allowed per game (22.4) while the Suns rank 25th (25.5).
- The Nets rank 16 in rebounds per game (44.73529411764706) while the Suns rank 28 (41.27272727272727).
- Phoenix ranks 24 in blocks per game (4.484848484848484) while Brooklyn ranks 27 (3.764705882352941).
- Phoenix ranks eighth in steals per game (8.6) while Brooklyn ranks 26th (6.7).
- Phoenix is 3-1 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Brooklyn is 5-1.
- The Nets are 14-15 when they reach 100 points, while the Suns are 7-13.
- Brooklyn is 8-10 ATS at home, while Phoenix is 5-11 ATS on the road.
- In 16 road games, the Suns have 9 unders and 7 overs.
- The Nets have 11 overs and 7 unders in 18 home games.
- In their last five games, Phoenix and Brooklyn are both 4-1 ATS.
- The Suns have 4 unders and 1 over over their last five games, while the Nets have 3 overs and 2 unders
- During their last five games, the Suns have scored an average of 118.2 points per game (13.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 110.0 points per game (3.5 below their season average).
- The Nets have outscored opponents by an average of 4.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Brooklyn has lost by an average of 0.8 points.