Last Updated Mar 11, 2022, 8:57 PM
Toronto Raptors vs. Phoenix Suns Predictions, Picks, Odds
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Regular-season NBA action will resume on Friday night with a heavyweight non-conference bout between the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns. Coverage begins from Footprint Center in Phoenix at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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Suns 117, Raptors 108
Suns -6 (-110) at DraftKings
Raptors vs. Suns Predictions
After finishing second in the West with a record of 51-21 SU, Phoenix kept that same train rolling with a similarly excellent start to the season, as the Suns opened with an impressive 27-8 SU and 18-17 ATS run – with 18 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.
Despite the absence of Chris Paul, the Suns have carried that momentum all the way through the winter months too, considering the Suns boast records of 26-5 SU and 17-14 ATS across their last 31 games – while tallying 115.9 OPPG and allowing just 106.8 DPPG during that timeframe.
On the other hand, Toronto posted a relatively mediocre start to the season, as the Raptors kicked things off with a lackluster 23-23 SU and 25-21 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 26 of those contests.
The Raptors have played solid basketball since mid-January though, considering the Raptors enter Friday riding a sturdy 12-7 SU and 11-8 ATS stretch – while generating 111.6 OPPG and allowing just 109.3 DPPG across that span.
I’ll back the Suns here, as despite Phoenix boasting relatively lackluster marks of 6-3 SU and 3-6 ATS since Paul’s latest injury, the Suns still averaged 114.9 OPPG and allowed just 109.4 DPPG across that window – likely presenting a steep uphill battle for a Raptors squad that’s scored 106 PTS or less in eight of their last ten contests (104.6 OPPG).
Raptors vs. Suns Betting Odds
Raptors vs. Suns Betting Resources
- Matchup: Atlantic vs. Pacific
- Date: Friday, March 11, 2022
- Venue: Footprint Center
- Location: Phoenix, AZ
- TV-Time: NBA League Pass - 9:00 p.m. ET
- Injury Report
Toronto Raptors Betting Analysis
- SU: 35-30
- ATS: 36-29
- O/U: 33-32
After finishing 12th in the East with a record of 27-45 SU last year, Toronto jumped out to a much stronger start to this season, as the Raptors opened with a pedestrian 23-23 SU stretch – with ten of those SU victories coming in matchups they were underdogs in.
The Raptors emerged as legitimate Eastern Conference playoff contenders in February though, considering Toronto enters Friday riding a solid 12-7 SU run – which includes tough victories over the Heat, Bulls, Wolves, and Hawks.
Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis
- SU: 53-13
- ATS: 35-31
- O/U: 32-33-1
After battling Utah for the top spot in the conference all the way through the final day of last year’s regular season (51-21 SU), the Suns were surprisingly rusty out of the gate to start this season, as Phoenix dropped three of their first four games – while scoring just 106.3 OPPG across that window.
Devin Booker and company clearly just needed a few days to settle into a rhythm though, considering the Suns boast records of 50-10 SU and 33-27 ATS since their opening skid; now ranked sixth in the league in scoring and fourth in offensive efficiency (113.7 OPPG, 1.107 OE), and on the flipside, ranking sixth in points allowed and third in defensive efficiency (105.8 PPG, 1.031 DE).
Raptors vs. Suns Head-to-Head
The Suns swept a two-game regular-season set against Toronto last year, with the first matchup soaring over the total at a score of 123-115 – while the second stayed under the number with a score of 104-100. The most recent meeting between these teams took place back in January of this season though, which resulted in another low-scoring victory for Phoenix (99-95).
Key Players to Watch
- TOR: Fred VanVleet - PG (21.5 PPG, 4.5 REB, 6.8 AST)
- TOR: Scottie Barnes - PF (15 PPG, 7.6 REB, 3.3 AST)
- PHX: Devin Booker - SG (25.6 PPG, 5.2 REB, 4.7 AST)
- PHX: Deandre Ayron - C (16.8 PPG, 10 REB, 1.4 AST)
Raptors vs. Suns Betting Conclusion
After snapping a three-game losing streak with a win over the Spurs on Wednesday night (W, 119-104), the Raptors hit the road again for Friday’s contest as steep underdogs against the Suns at Footprint Center – marking just the second time Toronto has been an underdog across their last seven games.
I’ll back Phoenix here, as the Raptors are 4-7 SU and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games, while scoring just 105.1 OPPG and allowing 108.8 DPPG across that timeframe – setting the stage for a tough road matchup against a Suns squad that’s scored 114+ PTS in ten of their last 14 contests (117.2 OPPG).
Raptors vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
- The Suns are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 matchups against Toronto.
- The total has gone UNDER in five straight Raptors' games.
- The Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
- The total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven matchups between Phoenix and Toronto.