One of the things that most of us do when deciding which games to wager on is to go through the schedule and find the matchups that look like a bit of a slam dunk. These are usually the games that feature one of the better teams in the NBA going against one of the bottom feeders. These games very often are an easy bet, but the odds for a straight up win are usually at a place where you don’t really make that much when you cash your ticket. In those types of games, it is usually better to take a look at the point spread to see if you can take advantage of that and put a little extra cash in your pocket. We have what looks to be a mismatch on the NBA schedule tonight, with the defending champion Toronto Raptors heading to Phoenix to take on the struggling Suns, who they have already comfortably beaten this season. The Raptors are not in the best form at the moment, which may explain why they are favored by just 4 ½ points. The O/U for this one has been set at 225 ½. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the Raptors vs Suns.
Raptors vs Suns 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Tuesday, March 3 at 9 PM EST
- Where: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
- TV: Fox Sports – Arizona
- NBA Odds: Toronto Raptors -5 / Total 225.5
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Why bet on the Toronto Raptors
We have known for quite some time that no team in the eastern Conference was going to be able to run down the Milwaukee Bucks at the top. The Toronto raptors did a decent job of hanging around, but they are slowly but surely losing ground now after losing 3 in a row to fall to 6-4 in their last 10 games. That run means that they are now just a half game up on the Boston Celtics in the #3 spot, so the Raptors need to get rolling again if they want to maintain their #2 seed all the way to the regular season finish line. Toronto beat Phoenix 118-101 when they met earlier this season, although that was a home game for the Raptors. On the road this season, Toronto is a very respectable 19-9 SU, but just 14-14 ATS, so a bit of a coin flip there.
- Total Score: 112.8
- Field Goal %: 45.81
- Three Point %: 37.15
- Free Throw %: 79.66
- Total Rebounds: 45.28
- Total Score: 106.43
- Field Goal %: 42.87
- Three Point %: 33.86
- Free Throw %: 76.53
- Total Rebounds: 46.52
Why bet on the Phoenix Suns
I don’t think that anyone is particularly surprised to see the Phoenix Suns sitting down near the bottom of the Western Conference at this stage of the season. This is a team with nothing left to play for, and it shows, with the Suns going 4-6 in their last 10, which included their current 3-game losing skid. That run has taken them to 24-37 on the season and basically now waiting for the regular season to finally come to an end. The Suns have been poor wherever they have played this season, which includes their own building, where they are 11-21 SU. They are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games and have failed to cover in each of their last 5 at home.
- Total Score: 111.97
- Field Goal %: 46.31
- Three Point %: 34.8
- Free Throw %: 82.12
- Total Rebounds: 43.15
- Total Score: 113.33
- Field Goal %: 47.3
- Three Point %: 36.38
- Free Throw %: 78.05
- Total Rebounds: 43.7
Raptors vs Suns NBA Betting Trends
- Toronto are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games.
- Toronto are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.
- Toronto are 1-12 ATS in their last 13 games against Phoenix.
- Toronto are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games against Phoenix.
- Phoenix are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Phoenix’s last 8 games.
- Phoenix are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix’s last 7 games against Toronto.
- Phoenix are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games at home.
Raptors vs Suns Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While both of these teams are coming into this one on 3-game losing skids, it is the Toronto raptors who are better equipped and more likely to get back on track. I think that the Raptors win this one rather easily, covering the spread in the process.
Toronto Raptors 114 Phoenix Suns 103