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Phoenix Suns vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions

We have a cross-conference match-up tonight at the Wells Fargo Center as the Philadelphia 76ers host the Phoenix Suns. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 pm ET on NBA TV.

Points Spread: -1.5

After suffering a minor setback, the Suns were able to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in their last game 102-82, a night after they lost on a buzzer-beater. It wasn’t the prettiest of games to watch, but the Suns got it done on the defensive end as no Blazers scored more than 14 points.

Devin Booker led the scoring with 24, while Chris Paul added 15 as every single Sun scored at least one basket. Now their attention shifts to Philadelphia, a team they’ve had the upper hand against over the last 10 meetings winning 7 of them. They currently on a 6-game win streak in head-to-head meetings and have won 15 of 18 games vs Eastern Conference teams.

Philadelphia’s biggest issue right now is health. Joel Embiid continues to be questionable as he recovers from an illness, while James Harden has been ruled out for a month with a foot injury. Without those two they are just a mediocre team, as we saw in their last 2 games against the Knicks and Wizards. Tyrese Maxey is doing his best to lead the way averaging 24.9 points per game, however he’s nowhere near to being a leader as either of those two guys. Philly is just 1-4 SU in 5 home games this season and if Embiid doesn’t play here I can’t see them getting anything out of tonight’s game. The last time they hosted Phoenix they got beat by 5 points and that was with Embiid in the line-up.

It'll only be the 3rd road game of the season for Phoenix, but they’ve shown they mean business this season. Cameron Johnson won’t be available to play for them, but I think they should have enough here, especially if Embiid doesn’t play. Back the road squad to cover.

Total Points: Under 217

Scoring hasn’t been that big of an issue without Embiid and Harden, but then again the Sixers haven’t faced a defense like the Suns have in either of those two games. Phoenix has the 3rd best defensive rating in the entire NBA, they are a top 10 team in blocks, opponent fastbreak points and opponent points in the paint. It could be a struggle to penetrate them down low, even if Embiid takes the floor.

The under has cashed in 4 of 5 Suns road games, and 5 times total in the 8 games they’ve played so far. Philadelphia has also leaned towards the under in their home games this season, with 5 of their last 6 cashing on that bet. It might takes some time for them to adjust to life without their point guard Harden, because of this I don’t see them scoring a ton tonight. Let’s back the under.

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