Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks
- The Phoenix Suns look to avenge a blowout loss in their last outing.
- The Toronto Raptors are climbing back up the Eastern Conference, now seventh in the table!
- The Phoenix Suns won their last two meetings with the Toronto Raptors.
Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors Odds
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Phoenix Suns||-4 (-110) |
|O 223.5 (-110) |
|Toronto Raptors||+4 (-110) |
|U 223.5 (-110) |
Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors Predictions and Picks
The Toronto Raptors are on a six-game win streak due to a favorable schedule and improved team health and form. However, coming off of a disappointing blowout loss, the Suns will be focused on getting back on track with their championship-level play.
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Head-to-Head: Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors
|Phoenix Suns||Head-to-Head||Toronto Raptors|
|Monty Williams||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|30-9 (2nd in West)||Standing||20-17 (7th in East)|
|111.9 (8th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.8 (9th of 30)|
|104.8 (2nd of 30)||Def Rtg||110.3 (20th of 30)|
|99.9 (5th of 30)||Pace||96.4 (26th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|D. Booker (23.6)||PPG||F. Vanvleet (22.0)|
|D. Ayton (11.0)||RPG||P. Siakam (8.4)|
|C. Paul (10.0)||APG||F. Vanvleet (6.7)|
|C. Paul (1.9)||SPG||G. Trent Jr. (1.9)|
|D. Ayton (0.8)||BPG||S. Barnes, C. Boucher (0.9)|
|J. McGee (.654)/D. Booker (8.5)||FG%/FGM||J. Champagnie (.523)/P. Siakam (7.8)|
|C. Johnson (.438)/D. Booker (2.6)||3P%/3PM||F. Vanvleet (.409)/F. Vanvleet (3.8)|
|Dario Saric||Phoenix Suns||7 Jul 2021||Out (Knee)||Saric has a torn ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Frank Kaminsky||Phoenix Suns||21 Nov 2021||Out (Knee)||Kaminsky is out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his right knee.|
|Landry Shamet||Phoenix Suns||4 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Shamet has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
|Abdel Nader||Phoenix Suns||9 Jan 2022||Day to Day (Knee)||Nader did not play in Phoenix’s Saturday (Jan 8) game.|
|Goran Dragic||Toronto Raptors||30 Nov 2021||Out (Personal)||Dragic is dealing with a personal matter and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Yuta Watanabe||Toronto Raptors||4 Jan 2022||Out (Health & Safety)||Watanabe has been placed under league health and safety protocols.|
How Can the Suns Beat the Raptors?
The Phoenix Suns will want to bounce back from a devastating loss to an undermanned Miami Heat team. When they take on the Toronto Raptors, the Suns will need to limit one of the NBA’s most in-form squads.
The Toronto Raptors are on a 6 game winning streak while shooting 45.1% from the field and 37.5% from three. Considering the Suns allowed their opponents to hit 22 three-pointers in their last game, they certainly need to buckle down against the Raptors.
Toronto aren’t lights out from three in the individual sense, so the key for Phoenix will be slowing down Toronto’s playmakers. If Phoenix can slow things down from the point of attack, they’ll be in great position to win this game.
Suns Key Player: (G) Devin Booker
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) January 9, 2022
The Phoenix Suns were run out of the building in their last game, but Devin Booker was one of the sole bright spots. Against the Raptors, Booker will need to maintain his effort but improve his efficiency.
In his last game, Booker posted 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals in 33 minutes of play. He shot poorly from the field, just 5 of 15 with 3 of his field goals coming from three-point range. Although he offset his poor shooting with aggressive play that led to a 13 of 13 night from the free throw line.
The Toronto Raptors seem an excellent team for Booker to play against, as they love blitzing attackers and leaving shooters wide open. If Booker’s playmaking is as sharp as his attacking instincts, we should see a good game from the Suns All-Star.
How Can the Raptors Beat the Suns?
The Toronto Raptors are on a strong run of form, but they’ll face their biggest test when they take on the Phoenix Suns. One of the best teams in the league, the Raptors need to establish a physical presence early.
In Phoenix’s last game, a loss to an undermanned Miami Heat side, the Suns were bullied out of the game early. Miami’s physical presence opened up the court and the Suns couldn’t recover once the ball started moving. The Suns were outrebounded by 14.
Toronto are one of the league’s smaller teams, but they’re also one of the most athletic. While their shooting isn’t always consistent, they’re more than capable of building themselves an early lead to tame the Suns.
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Raptors Key Player: (G) Fred Vanvleet
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 10, 2022
The Toronto Raptors are on an excellent win streak and much of it has to do with the stellar play of Fred Vanvleet. While he won’t receive the plaudits, Vanvleet’s production speaks for itself.
Over his last 8 games, where the Toronto Raptors are 7-1, Vanvleet is averaging 30.6 points, 7.6 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.0 steals on 47.1% shooting from the field and 45.6% shooting from three. Hitting nearly 6 three-pointers per game, Vanvleet is on fire.
Against a shifty Phoenix Suns defence, Vanvleet’s scoring form will face its greatest test. As the Suns try to lock Vanvleet down on the perimeter, expect a sharp playmaking outing from the All-Star hopeful.
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How to Watch Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors
|Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors Information|
|Teams||Phoenix Suns vs. Toronto Raptors|
|Location||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, January 11th, 2022|
|How to Watch||TSN, Bally Sports AZ, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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