The Washington Wizards like to think that they have become a much more dangerous offensive team now that they have bolstered their bench. Their objective is clearly to host a first-round playoff series, and they are in pretty good shape for that right now. They have taken to the road, where they have not been at their best, as they suit up for Tuesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, which is scheduled to get underway at 9:05 PM ET at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. Remember that BetAnySports customers get reduced juice on their wagers before the game starts, then can keep the action going after the opening tip, as they access the state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Ultra.
The Wizards carry a 37-24 straight-up record into this game, as they have been solid against the oddsmaker (34-27 ATS). They might be able to catch Cleveland for first place in the East, although the Boston Celtics, the second-place squad, may be a more realistic target, as they are just a game and a half behind. They also have to look behind them, as they are just a game ahead of the Toronto Raptors.
The Suns don’t have any real playoff hopes, but they are trying to develop some hope for the future. Toward that end, they have made some bold moves, as they put center Tyson Chandler and point guard Brandon Knight on the bench, inserting Alex Len into the starting lineup, giving Alan Williams more playing time, and making rookie Tyler Ulis the point man on the second unit. They are playing with more vitality now, having won three straight to bring their record to 21-42 straight-up (32-29 against the points).
In the basketball odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Wizards are the road favorite:
Washington Wizards -4.5
Phoenix Suns +4.5
Over 228.5 points -110
Under 228.5 points -110
Basically, the story with Phoenix is that they play at a rather fast tempo, with some difficulty defending the opponent. In the category of “Pace,” they are third in the NBA, although they have registered only a #21 Offensive Rating. They have yielded 47% shooting, although it is slightly less (45.5%) at home. And they have been the league’s worst when it comes to defending the three-pointer, as they have given up 38.4%.
Maybe this is just a coincidence, but without Chandler, long known as an effective shot-blocker and rebounder, the defensive performance has shown some progress. BetAnySports patrons who look closely at these three wins see that the Suns have allowed just 39.8 shooting, and that is outstanding, when you consider that three of the NBA’s top scorers have opposed them – Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, OKC’s Russell Westbrook and Boston’s Isiah Thomas.
The Wizards acquired Bojan Bogdanovic from Brooklyn, and he has stepped in and been a standout off the bench, averaging 18.2 ppg over his last five, and that includes 27 points – 15 of them in the fourth quarter – in Sunday’s win over Orlando. Washington also picked up Brandon Jennings, a proven scorer, as a free agent. So they have some great backup for starters John Wall and Bradley Beal.
Keep in mind that Phoenix has gone over the total in 19 of its 29 home games, and they are 39-24 to the “over” on an overall basis.
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