On Friday night, we'll learn if the Toronto Raptors (35-30) can compete with the league's elite when they face the Phoenix Suns (53-13), who own the NBA's top record and have been nearly unbeatable at home (25-6).
At first glance, Toronto appears to be badly outclassed. The Raptors have been in a rut lately as they’ve lost 5 of their last 8 games, but they will also be eager to build some momentum after beating the Spurs in a road win on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Suns show no signs of letting up on their dominance as they’ve won 4 of their last 5 games and are aiming for a third straight victory after routing the East-leading Miami Heat in a road win on Wednesday.
Despite this, the number looks strange.
Spreads.ca lists the game at Phoenix -5 with a game total of 222. The point spread might seem very low given the disparity between these two teams. However, the hot Suns are still without Chris Paul and Cameron Johnson, so they're not at full strength. The Raptors are missing a few players of their own, as both O.G. Anunoby and Malachi Flynn won't be on the court.
The betting market seems to be saying – we think Phoenix will win, but this game will be closer than many people might expect.
OPINION (courtesy of Pointspreads.ca):
The Raptors betting results show some surprisingly positive trends. Toronto is 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record, as well as 8-2 ATS in their last ten games against teams above .600.
We would like to be getting a few more points here, but even taking +5 might be worth a look.
Despite with the Suns' impressive season-long results, they're just 1-5 ATS in their last six home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games after a blowout win, and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. We learn to the Raptors as a dog here.