Will the Suns’ 15-game winning streak come to an end against the East’s number one team in the Brooklyn Nets?
Let’s break down the NBA odds to find our answer!
Phoenix Suns vs. Brooklyn Nets
Saturday, November 27, 2021 – 07:30 PM EST at Barclays Center
The Phoenix Suns have been unstoppable. The Suns have extended their winning streak to 15 games and are now 16-3 on the season.
However, the Suns, who are in first place in the West, will take on the Nets, who are the first-place team in the East at 14-5. Despite the Suns winning 15 straight games, the Nets are favorites at home.
Are the top sportsbooks telling us something? The Suns are led by Devin Booker who is averaging 23.6 points per game. DeAndre Ayton is second on the team in scoring with 15.8 points but also averages 11.9 rebounds per game.
He’s basically a walking double-double. The Suns are scoring 112.4 points per 100 possessions this season while shooting an effective field goal percentage of 55.1 percent.
The Suns rarely turn the ball over on the offensive end, especially when the ball is in Chris Paul’s hand at the point. Despite having guys like Ayton and JaVale McGee, the Suns have struggled to earn offensive rebounds with just 22.1 percent per game. Meanwhile, on the defensive end, the Suns are limited opponents to just 104.6 points per 100 possessions.
They’ve also allowed a 50.7 percent effective field goal percentage and earned a 15.7 percent turnover percentage on the defensive end so far this season. The Nets, on the other hand, have been aggressive. Brooklyn knows how to get to the line with a 20.7 free throw rate.
Just like the Suns, the Nets don’t really bother on the offensive glass but shoot an effective field goal percentage of 55 percent with 111.7 points per 100 possessions.
The Nets have been fine without Kyrie Irving, but you’d have to believe the Nets could be doing exactly what the Suns are doing right now if Irving were around. The Nets are still getting production between Kevin Durant and James Harden as they’ve combined for 48.8 points per game this season. Each of those two has also played about 35 minutes per game this season.
The Brooklyn defense is still top 15 in the league in points per 100 possessions and the Nets have still held teams to an effective field goal percentage of just 49.1 percent. Limiting offensive rebounds and fouls has been a bit difficult but for the Suns, that’s not really their game.
The Suns are only grabbing 22.1 percent of offensive rebounds while the Nets are snatching 19.3 percent of offensive rebounds. Of course, both of these teams have quality shot makers, but the Suns and Nets are above average in points per 100 possessions and have both held opponents to a low effective field goal percentage.
On top of that, while the Nets get to the line at a high rate, the Suns have limited teams when it comes to foul shooting. The Suns are below average trying to get to the line too.
Therefore, I’ll grab the under for my NBA pick tonight in what should be a closely contested game where we won’t see many second-chance opportunities.
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