Phoenix Suns at Washington Wizards - 7/31/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Phoenix Suns (26-39) at Washington Wizards (24-40)
NBA Basketball: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Visa Athletic Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards +7 -- Over/Under: 225 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns and the Washington Wizards collide at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday night.
The Phoenix Suns were one of the surprise teams in the league at the early stage of the season as they won five of their first seven games following a horrid season where they totaled just 19 wins. Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton have shown signs of improvement while Aron Baynes has been a surprisingly effective addition, but the Suns lack the quality depth to hang with teams which is why they’re sitting at 13th place in the Western standings. Kelly Oubre Jr. tore his meniscus in February and his status is still unclear.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards were one of the worst teams in the league all season and it’s highly unlikely that they will be able to finish off the season on a high note as they will be severely shorthanded. John Wall is still out with that Achilles injury, Bradley Beal is dealing with a shoulder injury, Davis Bertans decided to opt out while Gary Payton II tested positive for COVID-19. The Wizards have had to sign G League players Jerian Grant and Jarrod Uthoff to fill out their roster.
Looking at the betting trends, the Suns are 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a losing record and 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games as a favorite. The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 7-3 ATS in their last 120 games as a home underdog and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games as an underdog.
Head to head, the over is 5-1 in the last six meetings and the Suns are 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings overall.
Two of the worst teams in the league collide in a game that neither team would be eager to win with the NBA lottery just around the corner. The Suns should be mostly healthy for this game as Aron Baynes and Dario Saric are expected to be available, but they likely won’t see Oubre Jr. who will see his minutes filled by Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges. These last eight games will act as an unofficial try-out for the Wizards players as they look toward next season, so I expect plenty of fight from them. However, when it’s all said and done, I think the more complete Suns team should do enough to get the win here.