Update: Booker has been ruled out with his ankle injury, and the line has shifted to 76ers -6.5. The total is 220. We’re going to back the 76ers to cover as the ATS pick, but we’ll now take the under on the total with Booker being sidelined.
The Phoenix Suns (2-3) will hope to get back to winning ways when they meet the Philadelphia 76ers (3-1) Saturday afternoon. The Suns dropped a contest to the Spurs in their last outing, while the 76ers are on a three-game winning streak after losing their season opener.
Devin Booker is questionable for Phoenix with an ankle injury but is expected to play after suiting up in the team’s last game. Bradley Beal remains out with back issues. Nicolas Batum is out for Philadelphia for personal reasons.
The 76ers are 4-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, with the total set at 220.5. Philadelphia is -192 on the moneyline while Phoenix is +160.
Suns vs. 76ers, 1 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: 76ers -4
The Suns have not been the team many expected them to be at the start of the season, with Beal on the mend and Booker playing through an ankle issue. Phoenix has had to rely on a bench that has been retooled heavily during the offseason. Despite dealing James Harden early in the season, the 76ers have remained a contender with Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey both putting up big numbers. Even though Kevin Durant is one of the best scorers the game has ever seen, the Suns simply don’t have an answer for Embiid down low. Back the 76ers to get the win and cover Saturday.
Over/Under: Over 220.5
The 76ers rank seventh in points per game, while the Suns are currently 18th in the league in that category. Philadelphia’s offensive rating is third in the league, while Phoenix ranks 13th in the category. Even though both teams are solid defensively, this total is relatively lower compared to others for the squads this season. Look for this game to remain competitive enough through the fourth quarter for the over to hit.