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#1563 Phoenix Suns vs.
#1564 Brooklyn Nets
Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 7:40pm EST
Barclays Center , Brooklyn
Written by David Delano

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The Brooklyn Nets (14-5) will host the Phoenix Suns (16-3) in a potential NBA Finals preview Saturday night. The Suns are 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five games with no days of rest, and the Nets are 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record above .600, so something will have to give here.

According to BetMGM, the Nets are the favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference, with odds set a +130. The Phoenix Suns are currently fourth in betting odds to win the Western Conference at +600, behind the Warriors, Lakers, and Jazz.

The Nets beat the Suns in both head-to-head games last season, also covering the spread with a 128-124 win in Phoenix on February 16 and a 128-119 win in Brooklyn on April 25.

Suns win 15th straight game

After losing three of the first four games to start the season, the Suns have rolled off a 15 game winning streak. The Suns have covered the spread in nine of those 15 games, despite only covering in two of their last seven games. The Suns did cover beating the New York Knick 118-97 as a four-point favorite on Friday. Phoenix shot 55.7% from the floor, 46.4% from three, and 81% from the line in the victory. Devin Booker led the team with 32 points Chris Paul had 14 points and a team-best 10 assists and DeAndre Ayton also had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

On the season the Suns are third scoring 112.6 ppg, first shooting 48.2% from the floor, but just 28th making 31.2% of threes. Devin Booker leads the team with 23.1 ppg. Ayton is shooting 63.3% from the floor and averages 16 ppg and 11.8 rebounds. Chris Paul averages 14.1 ppg and 10.4 assists per contest.

Nets on four game win streak

The Brooklyn Nets are still playing without Kyrie Irving, who is out indefinitely due to a personal choice to refuse the COVID-19 vaccination. Sharpshooter Joe Harris is also out indefinitely with a left ankle sprain.

The Nets are 10th in the NBA, averaging 107.9 ppg, third shooting 46.6% fom the floor and first draining 37.7% of their threes. Kevin Durant is averaging a team-best 28.1 ppg and 7.6 rebounds, followed by James Harden averaging 20.7 ppg, 9.2 assists, and 7.6 rebounds per game. On the defensive end, the Nets are also 10th-best holding opponents to 104.9 ppg.

The Nets won their fourth straight game on Wednesday taking down the Boston Celtics 123-104 as a 1.5 point dog. Patty Mills led the Nets with 23 points, followed by Durant with 21, and Harden with 20.

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I think the rest will help the Nets in this situation. Brooklyn has covered the spread in seven of their last 10 games when they were coming off of two days of rest, they are also 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games a favorite. The Suns are playing their fourth straight road game. The Suns are rarely an underdog, but they have dropped four of the last five games ATS when they were not favored.  I will take the Nets at home.

Prediction: Brooklyn Nets -2.5

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The Suns have scored at least 112 points in their last five games, with each going over the total. The Nets have scored 115 points or more in their last three games with each going over the total. The Suns are sixth in the NBA in team offensive efficiency and the Nets are ninth. Overall there are too many high-level offensive performers in this game who have been playing well recently for me not to take the over. In the two games last year the Nets and Suns combined for 252 points and 247 points. Expecting these teams to go over 221 is the play.

Prediction: Over 221
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