The Toronto Raptors head to the desert to take on the Phoenix Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Tuesday night.
The Raptors are looking to right the ship after three straight losses. Toronto is missing the service of Marc Gasol and played without Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet for the second straight game when they lost to the Denver Nuggets last Saturday night. The Suns have also dropped three in a row. Phoenix lost Kelly Oubre Jr. to a torn meniscus and he may be out of their miserable season. Toronto demolished Phoenix 118-101 in their first meeting of the season.
Just One-Half Game Ahead of Boston
The Toronto Raptors lost to the Denver Nuggets 118-133 on Sunday night, for their third straight defeat. The Raptors played without Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet for the second consecutive game and Marc Gasol for the 13th straight contest. With the loss, Toronto is just one-half game ahead of the Boston Celtics in the race for the Atlantic Division.
OG Anunoby shot 12-16 from the floor and scored a career-high 32 points against the Nuggets. Kyle Lowry added 17 points and 8 assists while Pascal Siakam also contributed 16 points, 7 rebounds and five assists for the Raptors. Nick Powell put up 24 points in 40 minutes of action.
The Raptors are 12th in the NBA in scoring at 112.8 points per game and they are 14th in rebounding at 45.3 boards pulled down per contest. Toronto ranks 10th overall in passing at 25.5 dimes per outing and they have the best scoring defense in the league at only 106.4 points per game allowed.
- Raptors (-160) | Suns (+130)
- Odds from BetOnline as of 03/02/20
Third Straight Defeat
The Phoenix Suns are coming off a 99-115 loss over the lowly Golden State Warriors in a game where the Dubs snapped an eight-game losing streak. For the Suns, the defeat was their third in a row and they have dropped six out of their last assignments heading to Tuesday’s games. Phoenix is 24-37 on the season and they are just 11-21 SU at home.
Devin Booker led Phoenix with 21 points while DeAndre Ayton scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Mikal Bridges added 15 points on five three-pointers but the Suns scored just a combined 40 second and third-quarter points after putting up 41 in the opening period.
The Suns rank 15th in the league in scoring at 112.0 points per game scored. They are tied for 22nd in rebounding at 43.1 boards grabbed per game and are the second-best passing team in the NBA at 27.1 assists per game. Phoenix ranks 20th overall in scoring defense at 113.3 points per game allowed.
The Raptors are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games played. Toronto is 10-2 SU in their last 12 games played on the road, and 16-4 SU in their last 20 games against the Pacific Division. The Suns are 4-10 SU in their last 14 games played. Phoenix is 2-4 SU in their last six games played at home, 1-6 SU in their last seven games against the Eastern Conference, and 0-6 SU in their last six games played in March. Head to head, the Raptors have won each of their last five meetings against the Suns.
Toronto needs to wake up after dropping three straight games. Toronto’s lead over Boston has vanished and they need to start winning or else the Celtics are going to overtake them in the Atlantic Division team standings. Gasol is still out while VanVleet and Ibaka are listed as day-to-day. Toronto could struggle without three of its starters.
The Suns have also lost three straight games. Devin Booker and De’Andre Ayton are playing well right now but the loss of Kelly Oubre Jr. due to a torn meniscus in his right knee has hurt the Suns. Oubre was the third-best player on the team after Booker and Ayton and they now lack the depth to match up with the elite teams.
Both teams are on three-game losing streaks here but between the two, the Raptors are the better team. Toronto is 19-9 SU on the road this season while Phoenix is just 11-21 SU at home this year. I like the Raptors to win this game behind Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam.
Other Bets to Make
Toronto is 2-4 ATS in their last six games played. The Raptors are 1-2 ATS in their last three games played on the road, and 5-1 ATS in their last six games against the Western Conference. Phoenix is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games played. The Suns are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games. Head to head, the Suns are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games played against the Raptors. Phoenix is also 6-0 ATS in their last six home games against Toronto.
- Raptors -4 (-115) | Suns +4 (-105)
- Odds from BetOnline as of 03/03/20
The Raptors are missing three starters in VanVleet, Ibaka, and Gasol. However, they still have guys like Siakam and Lowry who can take over games. The Suns have Booker and Ayton but don’t have much firepower outside those two with Oubre injured. Toronto has looked comfortable on the road 6-3 ATS in their last nine road games against the Western Conference. The Suns meanwhile are just 11-20-1 ATS in 32 home games played this season.
The total has gone under in five out of the last six games played by the Raptors. The over is 2-1 in Toronto’s last three road games played. The total has gone under in six out of the last eight games played by the Suns. Phoenix has seen the total go under in four out of their last six assignments. Head to head, the total has gone under in five out of the last seven meetings between these two teams.
- Over 221.5 (-110) | Under 221.5 (-110)
- Odds from BetOnline as of 03/03/20
The Raptors are missing VanVleet, Ibaka, and Gasol right now and that’s taken a toll on their scoring capabilities. Toronto is averaging just 103.7 points per game in their last three assignments. Meanwhile, the Suns’ offense has sputtered as of late, averaging just 100.7 points per game in their last three games played. These teams combined for 219 points in their first meeting of the season and I like them to play to a low-scoring game here.