NBA UNDERDOG POWER-SHOCKER ~ 6-0 SWEEP FRIDAY! 6-1 NBA THIS MONTH!
Phoenix vs. Houston,
12/07/2019 20:00 EDT,
Score: 109 - 115
Point Spread: +10/-105 Phoenix
8* Phoenix (8:05 ET): It's okay to be skeptical of the Suns. After all, this is a team that's finished dead last in the Western Conference each of the last three seasons. But they are clearly improved now and what's most impressive about that is they're doing it without the services of the suspended Deandre Ayton, last season #1 overall draft choice. Right now, the Suns project to be a better than .500 team by season's end and have the league's 12th best point differential. If that holds, they could likely snap what is the league's 2nd longest playoff drought.
Houston is obviously one of the "big boys" in the Western Conference and their goals are a lot different than those of tonight's opponent. After somewhat of a rough start to this season, the Rockets clearly have gotten their act together as they've won 11 of their last 15 games. James Harden and Russell Westbrook form a deadly scoring combo and the team just won in Toronto Thursday night, something that is not easy to do. But tonight marks just the 4th time this year that the Rockets have been asked to lay double digits. The previous two were against Atlanta and Golden State, the two worst teams in the league. Phoenix is a much higher class opponent.
The Suns have not beaten the Rockets since April 2016, losing the last 11 head to head matchups. But all of those came when they were one of the league's bottom-feeders. Tonight is a chance to prove themselves as a legit playoff contender as they look to finish a four-game road trip at 3-1 SU. Not saying Phoenix will win tonight, but they should at least keep it close. This line is several points off from where own power rankings say it should be at. 8* Phoenix