Suns vs. Wizards Picks & Predictions 12/28/22

by | Dec 28, 2022 | nba

Phoenix Suns (20-15 SU, 18-15-2 ATS) vs. Washington Wizards (14-21 SU, 14-20-1 ATS)
When: Wednesday, December 28th, 7:00 PM (ET)
Where: Capital One Arena, DC, Washington
TV: NBC

Point Spread: PHO -1.5/ WAS +1.5 (Deposit $200 and get $100 FREE at the web’s best sportsbook! Find a HUGE wagering menu, the best live wagering platform on the web AND a killer player rewards program where you get a rebate on EVERY bet; win or lose at Bovada Sportsbook!)
Total: 220.5
Money Line: Phoenix Suns -123/ +101

Notable Injuries

Suns

  • Jae Crowder (Out) Not Injury Related
  • Cameron Payne (Out) Foot
  • Devin Booker (Out) Groin
  • Landry Shamet (Out) Achilles
  • Cameron Johnson (Out) Knee

Wizards

    Recent Form

    Phoenix is 20-15 overall heading into the game. When taking to the road, Phoenix has a mark of 6-10 and a win percentage of 38%. Currently, the team is 5th in the Western Conference. So far, they are 18-15-2 vs. the spread. When looking at how the team has performed of late straight and vs. the spread, they are 2-3 in their past five games and 3-2 ATS. Over their past ten games, they are 4-6 SU and 5-5 ATS.

    In their upcoming game, Phoenix will be looking to capitalize on their recent win over the Grizzlies. Duane Washington Jr. led the way for the Suns with 26 points. Despite being 8-point underdogs on the spread, the Suns were able to secure an ATS win.

    Heading into the game, Washington is 14-21 overall. When playing at home, Washington has a mark of 9-7 and a win percentage of 56%. Currently, the team is 12th in the Eastern Conference. So far, they are 14-20-1 vs. the spread. Washington will look to stay hot in today’s game vs. Phoenix as they are the winners of 2 straight games.

    In their upcoming game, Washington will be looking to capitalize on their recent win over the 76ers. Kristaps Porzingis led the way for the Wizards with 24 points. Despite being 4-point underdogs on the spread, the Wizards were able to secure an ATS win.

    The Historicals

    In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Wizards picked up the 113-110 win over the Suns. Heading into the game, Washington was the 7.5-point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In terms of betting, Phoenix has an ATS record of 3-2 in the previous five matchups vs. Washington. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +7 points per game in favor of the Suns. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 217 points per game.

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    Analysis

    This year, Phoenix is the 25th-ranked scoring unit in the NBA at 115.7 points per game. Their strong production has come despite being one of the slower-paced teams in the NBA at just 97.8 possessions per game. The Suns have been able to put together a strong offensive attack despite sitting just 4th in 3-point shooting percentage. Overall, they are among the league leaders in attempts at 34.6 attempts per game. Defensively, the Suns have been one of the best units in the NBA, allowing just 107.33 points per game. So far, they have done an excellent job defending the 3-point arc, allowing teams to hit just 33.88%.

    An important injury to consider for today’s game is that Phoenix will be without Devin Booker, who is listed as out on the injury report. Deandre Ayton will assume the role of primary scorer for the team. This season, Ayton has been averaging 17.7 points per game for the Suns.

    Coming into the game, Washington’s offense is ranked just 22nd in scoring at 111.3 points per game. This has come while being the 19th-ranked unit in pace. So far, the Wizards are averaging 98.8 possessions per contest. Washington comes into the game ranked 22nd in 3-point attempts per game. So far, they have connected on 34.5% of their shots from deep, which places them 24th in the NBA. On defense, the Wizards allow an average of 112.0 points per game, placing them 16th in the league. So far, teams have shot 35.92% on their looks from outside vs. Washington. This figure places them 21st in 3-point shooting defense.

    Kyle Kuzma is the top scorer for Washington, averaging 21.6 points per game. This season, his field goal percentage is 46.6%. The team’s second-leading scorer is Kristaps Porzingis, averaging 21.9 points per game.

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    Betting Trends

    • The Suns are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Wednesday games.
    • The Suns are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
    • The Wizards are 7-21-2 ATS in their last 30 games following a straight-up win.
    • The Wizards are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games.

    Joes Pick To Cover The Spread

    The Wizards rallied last night after losing Beal and looked really good in doing so. One thing I never fade is a pumped-up team playing good basketball. I think they win straight up Wednesday night as short home underdogs! Kick 2023 off right with free bowl game and Week 17 NFL bets! Deposit $100 to $300 and use promo code PREDICT100 and you’ll receive a massive 100% real cash bonus at MyBookie Sportsbook!