The Toronto Raptors (40-15) meet the Phoenix Suns (22-33) at the Scotiabank Arena as the NBA returns to action after the All-Star break on Friday night.
In the last game before the break, the Raptors saw their 15-game franchise-breaking winning streak brought to an end with a 101-91 loss at the Brooklyn Nets.
Serge Ibaka had 28 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, Fred VanVleet scored 22 points and Kyle Lowry had a triple-double with 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.
Toronto are averaging 112.9 Points per Game (PPG), while they are allowing 106.6 (PA). Pascal Siakam averages 23.6 PPG, while Ibaka averages 8.0 Rebounds per Game (RPG). They are 21-7 on home-court this season.
The Suns went into the break with a 112-106 victory over the Golden State Warriors, to register just their second win in eight games.
Devin Booker scored 27 points for the Suns, Kelly Oubre Jr. had 15 points and Mikal Bridges scored 14.
Phoenix are averaging 112.4 PPG, while they are allowing 113.6 (PA). Booker is averaging 26.4 PPG, while Oubre Jr. is averaging 6.6 RPG. They are 11-15 on the road this season.
Toronto Raptors vs Phoenix Suns Betting Lines & Predictions
Although there could be a degree of rust on both rosters coming into this game, any NBA predictions here have to favour the Raptors. They have a far superior record over the season to dare and have the benefit of home-court advantage.
However, we’ll go to the Point Spread market for our tip, with the Raptors -7.5 available at -110 (1.91) with Sports Interaction.