Phoenix Suns (20-18) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (10-27)
Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers 1/14/24 – As the Phoenix Suns, with an impressive 20-18 record and the 10-27 Portland Trail Blazers collide at Moda Center on Sunday afternoon, anticipation for this game is building quickly. Not just another NBA contest; this duel between strategy, skill and the quest for victory promises to deliver premium top picks on both sides – something fans and bettors alike should take note of as their respective narratives meet on court.
The Suns boasting a slightly above.500 record have shown flashes of brilliance interspersed with periods of inconsistency. Their offense, averaging 115.2 points per game and 41.1 field goals with 48% shooting efficiency is formidable; their three-pointers made are 11.7 per game while defensive prowess of 7.1 steals and 6.2 blocks is not to be discounted either; yet even with this offensive prowess the team has struggled over recent outings, going 2-3 in their last five outings compared with similar trends against spread.
Though their record may seem dismal, don’t underestimate the Trail Blazers. Averaging 108.3 points per game offensively may trail behind that of Suns, but their three-point shooting average stands close. Their slightly lower field goal percentage (43.6%) may suggest difficulty scoring consistently; their 8.3 steals and 4.6 blocks per game indicate proactive defense; they have had recent difficulties; recently going 1-4 against spread games during that span.
Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers 1/14/24 Game Info
|Sunday, January 14, 2024, at 9:00 PM ET
|Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
|ROOT Sports NW
|NBA League Pass
Kevin Durant (PF) vs. Anfernee Simons (SG)
Kevin Durant of the Phoenix Suns has played a critical role this season. Appearing in all 30 games and scoring an average of 29.6 points per game demonstrates his exceptional offensive skills, while also contributing an average of 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game as well as an impressive average of 1.1 blocks per game defensively. One minor area of concern, however, could be his average turnovers per game (an opportunity presented to Portland Trail Blazers).
Anfernee Simons has shown admirable performances for Portland Trail Blazers this season. Averaging 24.6 points per game and boasting an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3, his ball handling skills have been superb. Although his contributions in terms of rebounds and defense may not rival Durant’s, Simons will play an invaluable role in creating scoring opportunities and maintaining offensive momentum for his team.
Durant and Simons will likely be one of the central features of Sunday’s match-up, as their anticipated clash is sure to make headlines and could decide the outcome of this contest. Durant’s extensive skill set may give Suns an advantage; yet Simons should not be underestimated due to his ability to score. Their impactful playing styles will greatly shape both teams on court – and could ultimately determine its outcome.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
Betting odds for this game have yet to be established; however, given recent performances by both teams, Suns could enter as favorites; however, considering Trail Blazers home advantage and potential for upsets should also be part of any betting strategy.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Suns have seen their recent form slip recently, going 2-3 in their last 5 games and failing to cover against the spread in road games (8-8). Their approach should focus on capitalizing on offensive strengths while limiting turnovers in order to improve betting trends and strengthen betting trends.
Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends
The Trail Blazers, with a disappointing 1-4 record in their last five games, face an uphill task in finding an effective formula to overcome their negative betting trends and break through to victory. Exploit their three-point shooting advantage while improving defensive play to switch their betting trend and break away from its current trajectory.
Phoenix Suns vs. Portland Trail Blazers 1/14/24 Betting Picks
Considering the statistics and current form, the Suns seem to have the upper hand in this matchup. Their offensive efficiency and Durant’s leadership are key factors. However, the Trail Blazers have the potential for an upset, especially with Simons’ scoring ability. For free NBA selections, keep an eye on the point spread and over/under, as they will offer insights into the game’s likely direction.
Free Pick and Prediction: Phoenix Suns 112, Portland Trail Blazers 105.