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Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets Prediction, Preview, and Odds 12/27/2023

The Suns and Rockets will meet for the first time this season in Houston tonight. Things have not been going smoothly for the Suns losing 5 of their last 6 games overall. Despite the tough stretch, the Suns are coming into tonight as slight favorites. Let's get into our Phoenix Suns vs Houston Rockets Prediction for tonight.

Phoenix Suns:

  • The Suns come into the game with a record of 14-15, averaging 114.5 points per game, ranking 16th in the NBA. They have a field goal percentage of 47.0% and are hitting 36.6% of their shots from beyond the arc.

  • Key player Devin Booker is expected to lead the Suns, with projections suggesting he could score 28 points, along with 5 rebounds and 7 assists. We can also expect a big game from Kevin Durant with the recent trash talk about him not deserving to be in a Suns jersey...LOL!

  • Phoenix has been struggling with their tempo, ranking 26th in the league, and their defensive strategy has led to them having the longest offensive possessions in the league.

Houston Rockets:

  • The Rockets hold a record of 15-12 and rank 20th in offensive efficiency and 5th in defensive efficiency in the NBA. They play a slow-paced game, ranking 27th in tempo.

  • Houston's bench players like Jeff Green, Tari Eason, and Aaron Holiday contribute significant minutes, but the starters play most of the crucial minutes.

  • In their last game, Alperen Sengün was a standout performer, scoring 30 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.

Game Prediction:

  • The Suns are slight favorites, with a spread of -1.5, suggesting a closely contested game. They have the advantage of Kevin Durant and Devin Booker being healthy and playing, which could be crucial against the young Houston team.

  • The Rockets, playing on the second night of a back-to-back, might face challenges against the Suns' duo. The tiredness factor could play a role in this game.

  • A key factor will be how both teams manage their slow tempos. With both teams recently hitting unders in their games, the prediction leans towards a lower-scoring game.

In summary, the Suns, with their talent and a bit more rest, might have the edge in this matchup, but the Rockets' recent form and defensive efficiency could make it a competitive game

Final Score

Suns 115 Rockets 111


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