Brooklyn Nets (3-6 SU, 4-5 ATS, 6-2-1 O/U) vs. Phoenix Suns (4-5 SU, 5-4 ATS, 6-3 O/U)
NBA: Monday, November 6, 2017, Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, 9 pm ET
Line: Phoenix -1.5; Over/Under: 234
It’s an inter-conference clash in the Valley of the Sun. The Brooklyn Nets try to get untracked as they travel to face the Phoenix Suns Monday night. Brooklyn dropped their fourth straight as they were beaten 124-112 on the road by the Lakers Friday night. Phoenix was in action Sunday evening against San Antonio to close out their five-game road trip: they were coming off a 120-107 loss to the Knicks Friday night. The Suns hold a 45-40 edge in the all-time regular-season series and took a 122-114 road win in the first meeting this season on October 31.
Brooklyn Nets Look to Snap Losing Skid
Brooklyn has dropped four in a row at this point in time: they haven’t won since knocking off the Cavaliers. The Nets have to get things back on track as their early-season momentum has been washed away. Brooklyn was within one after the opening quarter but was outscored 34-26 in the second to go down nine and never really recovered. The Nets were held to 40.7 percent shooting in the contest while going 9 of 38 from three point range. Meanwhile, Brooklyn allowed the Lakers to shoot 51.1 percent from the field while Los Angeles dominated the glass 57-43. Allen Crabbe led the Nets with 25 points off the bench in the loss.
The Nets are 2nd in the league in scoring offense with 114.3 points per game. Brooklyn is 12th in the league on the glass by collecting 45.2 rebounds per game. The Nets are 18th in the league in assists with 21.6 dimes per contest. Brooklyn is last in the league in scoring defense as they allow 119.3 points a game. D’Angelo Russell is the team’s leading scorer with 21.1 points plus 5.3 assists per contest. Trevor Booker posts 10.8 points plus 7.4 rebounds a game, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson adds 15.7 points a night while DeMarre Carroll chips in 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds a contest. Allen Crabbe (11.6 points) and Caris LeVert (10.6 points) are perimeter oriented options on the offensive end. Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie and Timofey Mozgov are key pieces in Kenny Atkinson’s rotation. The Nets are 24th in the league by shooting 43.6 percent from the floor. Brooklyn is tied for 6th by sinking 11.2 triples per contest. The Nets are tied for 22nd in the league in three point shooting as they shoot 34 percent from long range.
Phoenix Suns Return Home After Road Swing
Phoenix gets to return home after a five-game road trip here. The Suns were 2-2 on their trip, which ended Sunday evening in San Antonio. Phoenix entered Sunday’s game 13th in the Western Conference, 2.5 games behind the Rockets and Warriors for the top spot in the conference. That left the Suns 2.5 games behind the Warriors in the Pacific Division standings. Phoenix stood one game behind San Antonio for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference entering Sunday’s contest. The Suns are 2-2 at home on the year and have gone 2-1 against the Eastern Conference.
The Suns are 12th in the league in scoring with an average of 107.3 points per game. The Suns are 7th on the glass by collecting 47 boards per game. Phoenix stands last in the league in assists with 18.1 per contest. Phoenix is second last in the league in scoring defense as they allow 117 points a night. Eric Bledsoe was second on the Suns with 15.7 points plus 2.3 rebounds and three assists per contest but is done for all intents and purposes with the Suns. TJ Warren chips in 16.7 points plus 6.1 boards a night from the small forward spot. Devin Booker puts up a team-high 23.4 points plus four assists per game and will be the focal point with Bledsoe deactivated. Big men Marquese Chriss, Alex Len and Alan Williams along with Tyler Ulis, Mike James (11.4 points), rookie Josh Jackson and Jared Dudley have to contribute for Phoenix to have any kind of success. The Suns are 25th in the league in field goal percentage at 43.3 percent so far. The Suns are 25th in three pointers per game with 8.9 per contest. Phoenix is 19th in three point percentage as they splash only 34.3 percent of their chances from long range.
- Nets are 41-19-2 ATS in their last 62 vs. NBA Pacific
- Suns are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Suns are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games following a road trip of 7 or more days
The Suns got the upper hand in the first meeting between the teams at the Barclays Center last week. Phoenix is going to be a bit gassed playing their third game in as many cities in four nights. The Suns have looked better under coach Jay Triano since he took over for Earl Watson and the team sent Bledsoe home. Brooklyn has a solid offensive unit but their defense is suspect and that’s being generous. This one should be a high scoring affair but with the Nets having a couple days to rest, you have to give them a slight edge here.
Pick: Brooklyn Nets
This one should be an interesting affair as the two worst scoring defenses in the league are on the same floor in this contest. We saw these teams combine for 236 points in their first meeting six days ago and it’s hard to see how things will be all that different in this contest. Brooklyn has been lit up repeatedly and gave up 124 points to the Lakers, who were playing the second game of a back to back Friday night. Phoenix is in a similar situation here after playing in San Antonio. That means this could be another offensive barnburner.
The over is 4-0 in the Nets’ last 4 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 6-2-1 in their last nine overall. Phoenix has seen the over go 4-0 in their last four overall, 5-0 in their last five against teams with a winning percentage below .400, 5-1 in their last six against Eastern Conference foes and 20-6-1 in their last 27 at home after a road trip of at least seven days. The over is 7-0 in the last seven meetings between the teams in Phoenix: look for that to continue here with mediocre defense.