The Toronto Raptors (14-7) will try to lengthen a six-game home winning streak when they clash with the Phoenix Suns (9-16) at Air Canada Centre. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 224.5 points with Toronto opening as a 13-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and it can be seen on NBATV.
Phoenix Suns at Toronto Raptors Betting Preview
In the Suns last game, they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-101. Devin Booker was the games leading scorer with 46 points on 17-for-32 shooting. Phoenix played a perfect game. They had a great turnover percentage of 9.8 (better than their season average of 13.6) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.538 (above their season average of 0.491). Philadelphia had marks of 12.5 and 0.467, respectively, for those same stats.
The Raptors will look to keep it rolling after defeating the Indiana Pacers in their last game, 120-115. With 26 points on 9-for-21 shooting, DeMar DeRozan led Toronto in scoring. Toronto’s effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Indiana. The Raptors had a rate of 0.546 (below their season average of 0.554), while the Pacers posted a mark of 0.480 (below their season average of 0.538).
Toronto could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense goes up against one of the NBA’s worst defenses. The Raptors currently rank fourth in offensive efficiency, while Phoenix ranks 28th in defensive efficiency.
Of Phoenix’s 24 games with betting action, 15 have finished over the O/U total, while 11 of Toronto’s 21 games have finished under the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Raptors have a clear advantage. They are 14-7 SU and 12-9 ATS, while the Suns are 9-16 SU and 10-13-1 ATS.
Kyle Lowry has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Toronto, averaging 22.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Suns won both games played against each other last season. In the last game, Phoenix won 115-103. Phoenix had a better offensive rebounding percentage (20.0 vs. 15.6). Toronto, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (8.4 vs. 14.1).
Phoenix Suns vs. Toronto Raptors Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Raptors, ATS Winner – Raptors, O/U – Over
- The Raptors rank third in points in the paint per game (49.4) while the Suns rank 25th in points allowed in the paint per game (49.3).
- Toronto ranks fourth in rebounds allowed per game (41.4) while Phoenix ranks 25th (46.4).
- Toronto ranks seventh in fast break points per game (13.2) while Phoenix ranks 29th in fast break points allowed per game (14.3).
- Toronto ranks fourth in three pointers allowed per game (26.0) while Phoenix ranks 14th (28.5).
- Phoenix is 6-4-1 ATS on the road with 8 overs and 3 unders.
- At home, Toronto is 5-4 ATS with 6 overs and 3 unders.
- When allowing under 100 points, Phoenix is 2-1 and Toronto is 6-1.
- In games where they reach 100 points, the Suns are 8-10 and the Raptors are 13-4.
- The Suns rank seventh in second chance points per game (13.8) while the Raptors rank 28th in second chance points allowed per game (14.1).
- Toronto ranks third in points off turnovers per game (19.8) while Phoenix ranks 27th in points off turnovers allowed per game (19.8).
- The Raptors rank sixth in assists per game (23.3) while the Suns rank 29th (20.1).
- The Raptors average 8.2 steals per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. The Suns rank 29th in steals allowed per game (9.0).
- Toronto ranks third in blocks per game (5.7) while Phoenix ranks 25th in blocks allowed per game (5.3).
- Toronto is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Phoenix is 2-2-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
- The Raptors average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.2, up from 7.2 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Suns have scored an average of 109.0 points per game (1.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 113.2 points per game (2.0 below their season average).