The Brooklyn Nets (27-16, fourth in the Eastern Conference) slide into the Footprint Center on Thursday to face the Phoenix Suns (21-24, 12th in the Western Conference). This will be the first time that these two teams have faced off this season to tip off their 2-game regular-season series.
We’ll give you the latest point spread, money line odds, and over/under number, as well as the information you’ll need to make the smartest bet at BetMGM Sportsbook!
The Nets haven’t won a game since Kevin Durant sprained his right MCL and at times, the team has looked bad. Despite being in all three games until the fourth quarter, for some reason, Brooklyn has been unable to execute in the final period. It seems that most of that stems from Durant’s absence.
The Suns have had their share of bad injury luck as well as Devin Booker, arguably their best player, has missed the last 11 games because of a groin injury. Booked has missed 16 games this season and Phoenix is only 3-13 in those contests. Chris Paul is listed as questionable as of right now so if he plays, that could be the boost that the Suns need for this game.
This game can be seen locally on Bally Sports Arizona (Suns) and nationally on TNT.
The lines, courtesy of BetMGM
Point spread: Nets (-1.5)
Money-line: Nets (-115)/Suns (-105)
Nets at Suns notable injuries
Nets: OUT: Kevin Durant (knee). PROBABLE: Kyrie Irving (calf).
Suns: OUT: Devin Booker (groin), Jae Crowder (not with team), Josh Okogie (nose), Cameron Payne (foot), and Landry Shamet (foot). QUESTIONABLE: Chris Paul (hip).
Advice and prediction
Both teams are suffering from injuries right now as mentioned above so neither team is capable of playing their best basketball currently. Brooklyn will be missing their best player (Durant) and Phoenix will be missing their best player (Booker) and possibly be missing their second-best player (Paul). In the last three games, since Durant has been out of the lineup, the Nets are last in the league in offensive rating (99.0), but are third in defensive rating (107.6). With so many offensive players missing from this contest, the game should favor Brooklyn’s defense.
Prediction: Nets 113, Suns 110