Two of the NBA’s heavyweights square off in what could be a potential NBA Finals matchup when the Phoenix Suns visit the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday afternoon. The Nets (40-20) have a one-game edge over Philadelphia for the best record in the Eastern Conference and are hoping to have Kevin Durant (thigh) back for the showdown vs. the Suns (42-17), who are second to Utah for the top record in the Western Conference. Brooklyn won the first matchup between the teams in February, rallying from 24 points down for a 128-124 victory despite playing without Durant and Kyrie Irving.
Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET at Barclays Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Nets as 1.5-point favorites while the over-under for total points scored is 232 in the latest Suns vs. Nets odds. Before you make any Nets vs. Suns picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it has returned over $9,200 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up over $1,200 on its top-rated picks this season, and dating back to last year, it entered Week 18 of the 2020-21 NBA schedule on a stunning 96-60 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Suns vs. Nets. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting trends for Nets vs. Suns:
Suns vs. Nets spread: Nets -1.5Suns vs. Nets over-under: 232 pointsSuns vs. Nets: Nets -120, Suns +100PHX: The Suns have the NBA’s best road record at 19-8BKN: The Nets are 5-1 in the last six vs. Phoenix
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Why the Suns can cover
Phoenix started its grueling road trip in impressive fashion by knocking off Milwaukee and Philadelphia — two of the best teams in the East — before stumbling at Boston on Thursday in the second of a back-to-back. Point guard Chris Paul failed to score in double figures in three of four games entering the road trip but he has been sensational over the past three contests. He is averaging 24.0 points and 9.7 assists while hitting 10-of-19 3-pointers.
Guard Devin Booker leads the Suns in scoring at 25.1 points per game, but he is averaging 18.0 points over the last six contests while hitting 5-of-28 3-point attempts. Phoenix struggled mightily from long range in Thursday’s 99-86 setback in Boston, going only 6-of-35 from behind the arc, but the Suns hit a combined 32 3-pointers against the Bucks and 76ers. Forward Mikal Bridges is having a strong road trip, averaging 18.0 points per game.
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn has the top record in the East despite playing only seven games with Durant, Irving and James Harden. Durant missed 23 games with a hamstring injury before coming off the bench on April 7 and hitting all five shots from the field. He proceeded to average 26.0 points in his next three despite playing 30 minutes only once, but he suffered a thigh contusion last Sunday that sidelined him the last three games.
Irving, who is averaging 27.1 points and shooting 50.6 percent from the floor, was 4-of-19 against Boston but nearly had a triple-double with 15 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to go along with four steals in the 109-104 victory. He scored a combined 60 points in the previous two contests and is averaging 8.5 assists and 2.5 steals over the last six games. Brooklyn is 24-7 overall and 11-1 in its last 12 at Barclays Center.
How to make Nets vs. Suns picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 233 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can get that pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Suns vs. Nets? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a roll on NBA picks.
Published: 2021-04-25 14:02:29
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