The Washington Wizards challenge the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night at the Footprint Center. Despite solid performances early into the season, the Wizards now find themselves in a rut with four losses in five games. Meanwhile, the Suns slowed down after recording two of their five losses in the last five games. They return home after a 111-107 victory over the Blazers.
Get to know more about the Wizards vs. Suns game and its essential details in this preview. Nitrobetting shares event information, team and player, stats, and the latest NBA betting odds. Furthermore, we provide timely betting trends and predictions that help you secure the best picks.
Wizards vs. Suns Game Information
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- When: Thursday, December 16, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: Wizards Radio 24/7 (Wizards) / 98.7 ARIZONA SPORTS (Suns)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Wizards (+8.5) / Suns (-8.5)
Why Bet on the Washington Wizards?
The Wizards’ pace slowed down in recent weeks, collecting six defeats in their last eight games. In their last game, the Wizards lost to the Sacrament Kings on the road Wednesday night, 119-105. Washington has four more road games lined up. And it is of paramount importance for the team to pick up momentum before heading home.
Don’t let the Wizards’ numbers fool you. They might not be impressive on paper, but we’ve seen the squad produce positive results this season. The team averages 105.8 points (24th) per game on 46.2% shooting (tenth). On top of that, they are among the highest-scoring teams in the paint. The Wizards document 50.0 points in the paint (fourth) per game.
The team does well when it comes to defensive boards. They average 35.8 defensive rebounds (seventh) per game. It contributes to their total rebounds average of 52.5 boards (21st) per game.
The Wizards will be relying on Bradley Beal this game, along with the assistance of Kyle Kuzma and Spencer Dinwiddie. No injuries handicap the Wizards starting and bench lineup in this contest.
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
The hosts are one of the best two-way teams in the league right now. What makes their strategy effective is consistency on defense and offense. As a team, the Suns averaged 110.8 points (eighth) per game on an incredible 47.3% shooting (second). The Suns recorded 104 points or more in 12-straight games. Additionally, Monty Williams’ unit is deadly from the three-point range as well. The squad hits 36.4% of their shots from downtown (sixth) while maintaining a solid 53.1% two-point shooting percentage (tenth).
At the other end of the court, the Suns allow 104.8 opponent points (seventh) per game. They remain one of the best defensive rebounding teams this season. Phoenix averages 36.1 defensive boards (sixth) per game. DeAndre Ayton holds the team-high 11.2 rebounds per game and will play a key role in the upcoming matchup.
Suns starting guard Devin Booker is out of commission after sustaining a hamstring injury. Nevertheless, second-choice guard Landry Shamet is an adequate replacement for the team. Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson add plenty of depth to the team as well after the duo combined for 29 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in their previous appearance.
Wizards vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Wizards are 7-3 in the last ten regular-season road games against the Suns (5-5 ATS).
- The Wizards are 1-2 in the last three regular-season road games (0-3 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Wizards’ last five regular-season games against the Suns .
- The Suns are 10-0 in the last ten games at the Footprint Center (6-4 ATS).
- The Suns are 2-2 in the last four regular-season games against the Wizards (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in six of the Suns’ last ten regular-season home games against the Wizards.
Wizards vs. Suns Expert Betting Prediction
The Wizards are going to have their hands full against a competent Suns team. The odds are against the visitors, but we’ve seen the side pull off decent performances against playoff contenders this season. Covering the spread is within reach for the side, but a win demands a lot more from the players.
On the other hand, the Suns are expected to try and control this game from the start. Having a home-court advantage is also a huge plus for the team with Devin Booker out indefinitely. The Suns are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and they look to return to the top of the Western Conference standings before the second half of the season takes off.
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