Toronto (7-1) will enter Friday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns (1-6) as fresh as a team can possibly be during the season. They last played at home on Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers, a game they won relatively easy, 129-112.
They have yet to hold an opponent to under 100 points this season, but when you are averaging 117.4 a game (fifth in the league), that’s okay.
It doesn’t appear as if Kawhi Leonard needed much time to find his shot again after such a long time away from the court. With six games under his belt, he is shooting 50.4 percent from the field and averaging 27.3 points a game so far.
The team does seem to be taking a very cautious approach to his health this season. Of the eight games the Raptors have played, they have had back-to-back games twice. Leonard has sat out one of the games both times.
In the Suns, they will face a young team with a lot of raw talent, but a team that is still a long way from becoming a contender of any kind. They rank towards the bottom of the league in points per game with just 103.4. They are giving up 118.1 a game.
With a -10.5-point differential, it is kind of hard to win games.
So—who’s going to win?
Toronto is going to win this one with ease. Fans will get a chance to see one of the league’s most promising young rookies in Suns center Deandre Ayton. But while he may provide a few highlights during the game, the Suns will need much more to get a win.
Take Toronto (-417) to win over the Suns (+325) and cover the spread (8.5).