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In this all-Western battle between two teams sitting outside the playoff places of the West, the Phoenix Suns (24-38), looking to end their current losing streak, are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers (28-35), who on the other hand want to extend their small losing streak.
Date/Time: 03-06-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Phoenix Suns +3.5
Phoenix Suns have a 24-38 record (27-34-1 against the spread) and are sitting in the third to last place of the West. They have four consecutive losses and in their last game they lost at home against the Raptors with a 114-123 score, not beating the odds. Devin Booker leads the team in scoring with 25.9 ppg, adding 4.1 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. DeAndre Ayton follows with 19 ppg and a team high 12 rebounds per game but he is out with an injury.
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Portland Trail Blazers have a 28-35 record (26-35-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the 9th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Wizards with a 125-104 score, beating the odds. Damian Lillard with leads the team both in scoring 29.4 ppg and in assists made with 7.9 per game, adding 4.3 rebounds per game. CJ McCollum follows with 22.5 ppg, 4.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once on the road. Suns won by 6 points and Blazers by one. Suns are 11-22 home, while the Blazers are 11-22 on the road. Blazers are better offensively, scoring 113.5 ppg to Suns’ 112, while Suns are better defensively, allowing 113.5 ppg to Blazers’ 115.1. Suns have a better field goal percentage (46.3% to 45.9%), while Blazers have a better 3-point percentage (37.2% to 34.9%). Blazers are better both in rebounding (45.6 to 43) and in turnovers committed (13 to 15.1), while Suns are better in assists made (27.1 to 20.1). Bookmakers give the Blazers a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Phoenix Suns Pick: Portland Trail Blazers -3.5 (-110)
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