Get ready for a close game on Wednesday, March 27th at Talking Stick Resort Arena as the Wizards (30-44, 8-28 away) go head-to-head with the Suns (17-58, 10-26 home). Tip off time is at 10:00 p.m. EST.
Washington opened as modest 1.5 point favorites, and the small spread isn’t surprising when you look at both team’s stats.
Washington comes into this game ranked 27th in defensive rating. They’re giving up 116.9 points per contest and are 11th in field goals allowed and 27th in threes allowed.
Offensively, they’re averaging 114.3 points and are 27th in rebounds and fifth in assists. Many of their most memorable moments have been courtesy of Bradley Beal, who is putting up 25.9 points per game on 44.0% shooting.
On the flip side, Phoenix ranks 28th league-wide in offensive rating. The Suns are averaging 106.7 points per game on 42.0% shooting and are 30th in rebounds and 20th in assists.
Much of their offense has come from Devin Booker, who is tops on the Suns with 26.1 points per game on 42.0% shooting, and DeAndre Ayton, who is chipping in 16.3 points per game. The Wizards will have their hands full with both players tonight.
The Suns are giving up 116.2 points per game at the other end of the court and are second in field goals allowed and 27th in three-pointers surrendered. They’re letting opponents shoot 48.0% from the floor and 37.0% from beyond the arc.
Add it all up and we could be in for an exhilarating game tonight.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on December 23rd, 2018, Washington won 149-146 behind 40 points from Bradley Beal.
The Wizards are fresh off a 108-113 loss versus the Heat in Washington. Jeff Green led the team with 25 points. The Suns are fresh off of a 125-92 loss against the Jazz in Utah in which they were 7 for 23 from deep and were out-rebounded 49-43.
All told, the Wizards have won three of their last ten games and are 11th in the Eastern Conference, while the Suns have lost seven of their previous ten and are 15th in the Western Conference.
The 1.5-point spread isn’t the only angle you can take advantage of. Sportsbooks have also set a big over/under total of 231. Bear in mind that Washington is 35-39-0 against the spread this year and 45-29-0 over/under, compared to 34-41-0 ATS and 32-43-0 over/under for Phoenix.