The Phoenix Suns are coming off a humiliation, but then again, that has been something commonplace for them. They are on their way to challenging for the second worst record in the NBA, that is, unless the Brooklyn Nets beat them to it. These teams will meet up at 9:05 PM ET at the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix. Remember that BetAnySports customers will have the opportunity to place wagers on the game during breaks, as they use the “Live Betting” apparatus located in their sportsbook interface.
Phoenix (14-43) has lost 12 straight games, including a 124-84 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers last time out. They are now on a 2-27 run, which got Jeff Hornacek fired. The interim mentor, Earl Watson, is 0-8 in his place. Yes, they will probably exceed the 16 wins this franchise had in its maiden season of 1968-69, but it won;t be a whole lot better.
The Nets are team that has also been in the doldrums this season; they come into this game with a record of 15-42, but there won’t be a “reward” for them in the end, as their first-round draft pick has already been dealt to the Boston Celtics, a move that got them veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, veterans who have both since departed.
In the NBA betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Suns are the slight favorite at home:
Phoenix Suns -1 Brooklyn Nets +1
Over 207 points -110 Under 207 points -110
Brooklyn is to be commended for an honest effort last time out, as they lost to the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers 112-104 two nights ago. In that one, they came back from 19 points down to actually gain the lead in the fourth quarter, and they were in a tie ballgame with two minutes left. Still, it was a rather heart-breaking start to what will be a nine-game road trip for them, and that’s the longest in the NBA this season.
Meanwhile, Phoenix has had enough trouble at home, recently going 0-7 straight-up on a homestand, which is the worst in the NBA since the 1964-65 San Francisco Warriors. It has been a disaster in many ways in the Valley of the Sun this season, and that includes malcontent Markieff Morris, who got into hassles with management and was traded off at the deadline. And as BetAnySports patrons know, injuries to backcourt people like Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight obviously have not helped the situation. Maybe some good news comes their way tonight, as center Tyson Chandler returnes to the lineup set out the last two games with a shoulder injury.
The last 21 times the Nets have scored less than 100 points they have lost. But Tony Brown, interim coach took over when Lionel Hollins was fired, has committed to stepping up tempo. As a result, this team has gone “over” in 11 of its last 14 games. For a twelve-game stretch, this was the best team in the NBA at shooting three-pointers, which was quite a departure, considering that under Hollins, they were only 31.5% accurate from beyond the arc. But there long-range shooting taken a downturn over the last two games, as they have gone only 8-34.
The last time these teams met was on December 1, and Brooklyn had a 50-34 rebounding edge on the way to a 94-91 victory. Neither team pulls off many stops, as they both allow 47% shooting. Brooklyn has not only increased the pace at which it plays, they also have struggled defensively, yielding 50% or better from the floor in five of the last eight contests. We’re inclined to continue moving with the “over” in Brooklyn games, espcially when they involve a poor defensive opponent.
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