This clash of titans will be worth the price of admission, so get your popcorn ready. Our current NBA betting odds rate Phoenix as the narrowest of favorites in Philadelphia on Wednesday. As a virtual pick’em, we need to dig deeper in order to mine online sports betting gold from this matchup.
The Phoenix Suns (41-16) kicked off their road trip East with a thrilling 128-127 overtime victory vs the Milwaukee Bucks. Four Phoenix players scored 20 or more points, with Devin Booker leading the charge (24/7/7). The Suns stormed back from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to force OT, and the game ended on a controversial play.
With the score tied at 127 and time ticking down, Booker pulled up for a jumper in traffic. A questionable foul was called on the Buck’s P.J. Tucker with 0.3 seconds remaining, sending Booker to the line. Booker nailed the first free throw, and then missed his second attempt intentionally so Milwaukee couldn’t get a decent full-court heave off.
Phoenix has won five out of six and 12 of its last 14 games but still trails Utah for the Western Conference lead. Philadelphia has maintained its death grip on first place in the East, despite Brooklyn and Milwaukee’s advances. The 76ers have won four of their previous five games, including a 123-117 victory over the Nets on April 14. Dominant Philly big man Joel Embiid scored 39 points and muscled down 13 boards in this one.
The Phoenix Suns own the NBA’s best road record at 18-7, while the Philadelphia 76ers are the second-best home team. No wonder the point spread consists of one single point. However, Ben Simmons’ remarkable skill set may be missing.
Simmons missed Philly’s last game against Golden State with an illness, Steph Curry & Co. capitalized.
Curry blasted the Sixers for 49 points, breaking one of Kobe Bryant’s records en route to a 107-96 Warriors win. Simmons’ defense was clearly missed, as was his 14.8 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 7.1 APG. Even if Simmons manages to suit up against Phoenix, it’s reasonable to believe that he won’t be at 100%.
Simmons’ status is enough to tip the scales towards the Suns, and when combined with how hot Phoenix has been.
Taking the Suns -1 is looking spectacular in this spot. Phoenix is 36-21 ATS while Philadelphia is 30-25 ATS. The Suns have won the last three head-to-head meetings with the Sixers, both straight up and against the spread.
Most recently, Phoenix defeated Philly 120-111 on Feb. 13 at Phoenix Suns Arena.
Booker led all scorers with 36 points, so expect him to have another impactful performance on Wednesday night. The Suns shot 60.8% from the field vs the Sixers in February, and might very well replicate those numbers here. If Simmons is absent, or less than 100%, it’s highly probable that Phoenix rises from Philly with a modest win.
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