Toronto is 15-6 SU (13-7-1 ATS) at home, averaging 114.0 PPG...
My free play is on the Tor Raptors at 6:05 ET.
The Toronto Raptors will try to rebound from their worst offensive performance of the season when they return home Sunday to take on one of the league's worst defensive teams in the Phoenix Suns. The Raptors shot 33.7 percent from the floor and were out-rebounded 51-33 in a 113-78 loss at Charlotte on Friday. Meanwhile, the Suns earned a 107-105 victory at Madison Square Garden last night on Devin Booker's three-pointer with 31 seconds to play. They survived when Carmelo Anthony's three-pointer at the buzzer rolled around the rim and fell out.
Booker had 26 points for the Suns and the 20-year-old has had quite a January. It started modestly with 13 points on January 2nd but in his last eight games, he's scored at least 21 points in each outing, topped by his back-to-back 39-point efforts in Mexico City. He's averaging 28.4 PPG in that stretch and now leads the team in scoring at 20.5 PPG. That barely edges out PG Bledsoe, who checks in at 20.4 PPG, along with 5.1 RPG and 6.1 APG. Bedsoe was 10-for-10 from the line Saturday, played 39 turnover-free minutes and owns 35 assists against only nine giveaways in his last four contests. Then threr is center Tyson Chandler, who grabbed 16 rebounds against the Knicks to set a franchise record with his seventh consecutive game of at least 15 boards (an average of 17.0 per game). However, there is a reason the Suns are 14-29 and it's a defense allowing 111.7 PPG (29th), with that number increasing to 113.3 PPG on the road.
Toronto's 'ugly' loss to the Hornets leaves them at 6-7 over its last 13 games. "We've been in a little funk lately," point guard Kyle Lowry told reporters. "We're not playing on all cylinders right now. I just think it's that time of year. No excuses at all, there's just this mental fatigue." You think? The Raptors may be the East's No. 2 seed with a 28-15 record but I doubt there is one person familiar with the league who thinks the Raptors are a serious threat to the Cavs returning to the NBA Finals.
However, this game is against the Suns and with the Raptors off Friday's embarrassing loss, expect them to put forth an excellent effort. If need be, they can be reminded that one of the team's losses in its recent 6-7 slump came at Phoenix back on Dec 29, a 99-91 Suns victory! The Raptors are the East's highest scoring team and third overall at 110.2 PPG. They are 15-6 SU (13-7-1 ATS) at home, where they average 114.0 PPG. Lay the points!