The NBA’s return comes on July 30th when two games help tip off an eight-game run that leads to the 2020 NBA playoffs.
Part of the fun comes on Friday when day two really dives into the action with a six-game slate. A fiery showdown between the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards is part of the festivities and may offer one of the more thrilling betting experiences.
If you’re looking for a little insight as to how to bet, read on for my Suns vs. Wizards prediction.
Beal accounted for a massive chunk of Washington’s offense (30.5 points and 6.1 assists per game). The team was already down John Wall and lost sharpshooter Davis Bertans, as well, so they’re obviously up against it.
Even with Beal and Bertans, the Wiz were 24-40 before the NBA’s hiatus. The Wizards were fun on offense but had the league’s second-worst defense.
None of this bodes well, and Bovada even pulled their Suns vs. Wizards odds entirely. BetOnline is the best spot to currently bet on this game, and it’s quite arguable the Suns at -6.5 is a steal.
Bettors may want to act fast on that line, while this 224 total suggests we’re in for a lot of easy baskets.
Game Breakdown and Analysis
This game is tough to break down, as you really don’t know what to expect from the Wizards. Where is their offense coming from? Beal and Bertans combined for 45 points per game, which is a cool 39% of Washington’s offense on any given night.
To call that damaging is an understatement. And beyond losing two vital offensive pieces, the Wizards need to be concerned with general shooting, playmaking, and offensive chemistry.
Troy Brown will be tasked with stepping up, while guys like Ish Smith, Shabazz Napier, and rookie Rui Hachimura could shoulder bigger workloads, too.
Literally none of those guys qualify as stars, however, and they’re not exactly reliable, either.
The one piece of good news is the Wizards do have solid coaching and run the 6th-fastest team in basketball. It’s possible the system keeps working, especially in an unfamiliar setting where home court edge and continuity could elude every single team.
There’s also the fact that they face the Suns, who are far from elite. Phoenix has way more talent, but they ranked just 18th defensively, and their 15th-ranked offense could be better.
That may be where the optimism runs out, though. Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton tag-team a pretty underrated Suns squad that also includes Ricky Rubio and Aron Baynes.
Heck, small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. even seems set to return.
The Suns have too much ammunition here. Even if Oubre wasn’t coming back, Phoenix has too many guys for the Wizards to account for.
Washington’s system could potentially keep this interesting and make the Over an option, but that involves trusting a bunch of Wiz spares.
This has quickly turned into a skeleton crew of sorts, with bettors being forced to confide in unproven players. Phoenix isn’t the first team I turn to for betting purposes, but their 6.5-point spread feels low.
It’ll likely only get uglier, so the preferred option is to hop on the Suns before the top NBA betting sites make it so this game isn’t approachable.
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