The Phoenix Suns wasted a 62-point game from Devin Booker on Friday night, losing to the Indiana Pacers in a late-game collapse.
Now, the team is still on the road to face an up-and-coming Orlando Magic team. Orlando is 23-22 – good for eighth in the East – but the team has won just three of its last 10 games.
The Magic struggle shooting the ball (25th in the NBA in effective field goal percentage) which could be an issue against an elite Suns offense.
Still, Phoenix is playing the front end of a back-to-back and has listed both Bradley Beal and Jusuf Nurkic as questionable for tonight’s game.
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Here are the latest odds and my best bet:
Suns vs. Magic odds, spread and total
Suns vs. Magic how to watch
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 28
- Time: 6:00 p.m. EST
- Venue: Kia Center
- How to watch (TV): Bally Sports Florida, Arizona Family Sports Network
- Suns record: 26-19
- Magic record: 23-22
Suns vs. Magic injury reports
Suns injury report
- Bradley Beal – questionable
- Bol Bol – out
- Damion Lee – out
- Jusuf Nurkic – questionable
Magic injury report
- Gary Harris – out
- Kevon Harris – out
- Jett Howard – out
Suns vs. Magic key players to watch
Devin Booker: Booker is must-watch TV right now, scoring 52, 46, and 62 points in three of his last five games. The Suns' star has 108 points in his last two games, but he’ll have a tougher matchup against a top-10 10 defense in Orlando.
Wendell Carter Jr.: The Magic big man has been extremely impressive since returning from injury, averaging 17.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in his last six matchups. He’s shooting an insane 68.3 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from 3 in that stretch.
Suns vs. Magic prediction and pick
I love the Suns in this game to bounce back, as the Magic are starting to regress to the norm after getting off to a hot start.
Orlando is a solid defensive team – No. 5 in defensive rating – but the team simply can’t shoot, ranking 25th in effective field goal percentage both on the season and in its last 10 games. The Magic are also dead last in 3-pointers made per game and 3-point percentage.
That’s going to be a problem against this Suns team, as Phoenix is No. 1 in effective field goal percentage over its last 10 games and ranks eighth in the NBA in 3-point percentage.
The Suns have been playing some of their best basketball now that they have the Big 3 healthy, so if they suit up tonight, I think Phoenix will pull off a road win.
I have a hard time trusting Orlando to win outright given how much it has fallen off this month in the standings.
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