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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 7/31/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




PHOENIX (26 - 39) vs. WASHINGTON (24 - 40)
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Friday, 7/31/2020 4:00 PM
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games26-39-20.429-3533-32112.655.446.4%50.5113.956.347.5%52.0
Road Games13-17+2.616-1413-17111.353.745.6%50.4114.355.647.5%53.5
Last 5 Games2-3-4.92-33-2117.066.046.4%50.0121.458.649.5%49.4
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.655.441-8846.4%11-3235.3%20-2482.6%501027228154
vs opponents surrendering111.55641-8945.8%12-3435.8%18-2377.2%531024208145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.353.741-8945.6%10-3034.4%20-2483.1%501127239144
Stats Against (All Games)113.956.341-8747.5%12-3236.8%19-2578.1%52924238156
vs opponents averaging111.75641-8946.0%12-3435.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)114.355.642-8747.5%12-3136.7%20-2578.1%531024228167

WASHINGTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games24-40-8.533-3037-26115.658.846.1%50.1119.763.149.0%55.4
Road Games8-24-11.815-1621-11116.257.746.3%48.5123.665.850.2%55.4
Last 5 Games2-3-12-32-3111.856.443.3%45.2117.066.452.6%50.2
WASHINGTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)115.658.842-9146.1%12-3337.2%19-2578.7%501025238134
vs opponents surrendering11155.741-8846.1%12-3435.8%18-2376.9%531024208145
Team Stats (Road Games)116.257.742-9146.3%13-3436.9%19-2479.0%491026238144
Stats Against (All Games)119.763.143-8949.0%12-3337.8%20-2677.2%551125228165
vs opponents averaging110.355.440-8845.7%12-3435.6%17-2376.7%531024208145
Stats Against (Road Games)123.665.844-8950.2%13-3339.6%22-2778.9%551127238165
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 96.5,  WASHINGTON 94.7
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/4/2020*LA CLIPPERS              
8/10/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              

WASHINGTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/7/2020*NEW ORLEANS              
8/9/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 19-63, finished 15th in Western Conference.
COACH: Monty Williams (first season with Suns, sixth season overall, 173-221).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ricky Rubio (12.7 ppg), G Devin Booker (26.6), F Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), F Dario Saric (10.6), C Deandre Ayton (16.3)
KEY LOSSES: F T.J. Warren, G/F Josh Jackson
KEY ADDITIONS: Rubio, Saric, G/F Cameron Johnson, F Frank Kaminsky III, F Cheick Diallo, G Ty Jerome
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Suns are trying to build a winning team around the core of Ayton and Booker, who are both still young and put up big numbers last season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton averaged a double-double in his rookie season while shooting nearly 59 percent from the field. Booker averaged 26.6 points per game and nearly seven assists. Oubre was a pleasant surprise after joining the team midway through last season, scoring nearly 17 points per game after the trade and playing good defense. Rubio gives the Suns an experienced point guard who should help Ayton, Booker and Oubre get better scoring chances. Rubio's presence also allows Booker to play off the ball and focus on scoring.
OUTLOOK: The Suns should be much better than the 19-win version of a year ago. Rubio's presence along with the input first-year coach Monty Williams should give the starting lineup some discipline and structure. Phoenix's ceiling depends on the development of Ayton and Booker. If the two can develop into All-Star caliber players than there might be something brewing in the desert. The major problem is the Western Conference is still stacked with good teams, so a move into the playoffs feels a little far-fetched this season.
COACH: Scott Brooks (fourth season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ish Smith (8.9 ppg with Detroit), G Bradley Beal (25.6 ppg), F Rui Hachimura (19.7 ppg with Gonzaga), F Davis Bertans (8.0 ppg with San Antonio), C Thomas Bryant (10.5 ppg).
KEY LOSSES: F Jeff Green, F Trevor Ariza, F Markieff Morris, C Dwight Howard, F Sam Dekker, F Jabari Parker, F Bobby Portis, G Tomas Satoransky.
KEY ADDITIONS: F Rui Hachimura, G Ish Smith, G-F C.J. Miles, F Moe Wagner, G-F Isaac Bonga, F Davis Bertans, G-F Admiral Schofield, G Justin Robinson, G Justin Anderson, G Isaiah Thomas.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: As Washington tries to find a way forward with a mostly new roster after losing 50 games, everyone in a Wizards uniform will be judged for his possible role in the future. The most scrutiny will fall on two players: rookie Rui Hachimura, a first-round draft pick from Gonzaga, and All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal. With Hachimura, it's about adapting to the pro game and seeing how much potential he has. With Beal, undoubtedly Washington's best player and closest thing now to a transcendent star, it's about whether he can up his level even more ... and where he will attempt to do that. Will he commit to the Wizards and will they build around him? Or will they start over even more completely by trading him?
OUTLOOK: With John Wall out for most, and maybe all, of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon, plus several other offseason injuries, and a wholesale revamping of the roster under way, new GM Tommy Sheppard knows that there is no point in aiming for any particular win total, let alone the playoffs. So instead of the sort of grand pronouncements about quantifiable goals that were so common with this club in the past, Sheppard is emphasizing the importance of development ' figuring out who can do what and who should be a part of the long-term plan. The Wizards are not going to be very good in 2019-20, but they are hoping this will be the start of moving in the right direction.
Suns, Wizards eager to prove they belong

The last two teams to earn invitations into the NBA bubble -- the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards -- get an opportunity to demonstrate that they belong when they square off Friday afternoon in the league's restart near Orlando.

Each begins its eight-game sprint to the end of the regular season in the "Race for No. 8" in its respective conference, with the Suns (26-39) six back of Memphis (32-33) in the Western Conference, and the Wizards (24-40) 5 1/2 behind Orlando (30-35) in the East.

Neither has to make up the entire deficit in order to stay alive. Any team within four games of the No. 8 spot at the end of the regular season will earn a spot in the newly created play-in tournament.

The Wizards begin play just 1 1/2 games outside that four-game window, but do so without nearly 40 percent of their 2020 offense with Bradley Beal (30.5 points per game) sidelined by a sore shoulder and Davis Bertans (15.4) having opted out of the restart to prevent reinjuring his surgically repaired knees on the eve of free agency.

Washington also remains without John Wall, who has sat out the entire season while rehabbing a ruptured Achilles.

To add insult to injury, the Wizards drew the third-hardest schedule among the nine teams still playing in the East, with a .578 cumulative record of remaining opponents.

No doubt, the Wizards have their eye on Brooklyn (30-34), which returns to the court in the seventh position in the East, six games ahead of Washington. The Nets are in arguably worse shape physically than the Wizards, with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie, among others, all ruled out for the rest of the season.

The Wizards play the Nets on Sunday.

The Wizards are now led by rookie forward Rui Hachimura, who had 18 points in a scrimmage against Denver last week.

"I'm really pleased with how he came back," Wizards coach Scott Brooks gushed during the lead-up to Friday's game. "You can just see that he has a really good feel for the game."

The Suns, meanwhile, face the unenviable task of moving up in the West without getting a shot at any of the five teams immediately ahead of them (Memphis, Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio). They will face the fifth-hardest schedule in the West, with their remaining opponents having played at a cumulative .589 clip before the break.

Phoenix also begins bubble play at less than full speed.

Aron Baynes, who was last seen playing a complementary role to fellow big man Deandre Ayton, remains questionable for the game as he attempts to get clearance after a positive coronavirus test. Kelly Oubre Jr. might have to sit out all remaining games as he deals with a right knee injury suffered in February, while Dario Saric sprained his right ankle in a scrimmage last week and remains iffy.

On a positive note, Ayton says he's healthy, has added 3-point range to his repertoire and feels right at home at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

"I already know Orlando. I know the gym we're going to play in. It's just going to take me back to AAU season," insisted Ayton, who played on the Under Armour circuit as a Southern California youth standout. "I feel like we're playing for the semifinals of Peach Jam."

The clubs played once before the break, with the Wizards winning a 140-132 shootout in Phoenix on Nov. 27.

Beal (35) and Bertans (16) combined for eight 3-pointers and 51 points in the win. Devin Booker had a team-high 27 for the Suns, who were without both Ayton and Baynes.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/12/2021 10:50:41 AM EST

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