Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns 01/02/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Breakdown, Odds, Daily Fantasy, Betting

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers (23-14) continue their road trip tonight as they head to the desert to Talking Stick Resort Arena to face the Phoenix Suns (9-29) in another interconference matchup.

Both teams are currently heading in different directions heading into tonight’s contest. The Sixers currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference and are coming off a 129-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their last time out.

Meanwhile, it is a completely different story for Phoenix, who sits last in the Western Conference. The Suns have lost their last three contests and four of their last five overall. 

This will be final matchup of the season. Phoenix fell 117-111 to the Sixers back on November 19 in Philly. Devin Booker poured in 37 points and eight assists.

TV Schedule

Date: 01/02/19
Time: 10:30pm ET
Arena: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ.
Channel: Fox Sports AZ/NBCS Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup

PositionStarter
PGBen Simmons
SGJ.J. Redick
SFJimmy Butler
PFTobias Harris
CBoban Marjanovic

76ers Analysis

Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia has won three of their last five games and scored over 100 points in all three wins. Since trading for Jimmy Butler, the team has looked more in sync and played well in their win over Toronto and kept things close with Boston, who has the fifth best defense in the league. 

Butler has played well since going to Philly but he struggled in the loss to Portland, scoring just five points on 2-for-12 shooting. The duo of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Butler has helped Philly be one of the top contenders in the East and will no doubt be in the conversation for a bright future moving forward with a young core.

In their last game out, Philadelphia got past a surging Los Angeles Clippers team 119-113, behind a monstrous performance from Joel Embiid, who finished with 29 points and 19 rebounds. Simmons was close to yet another triple-double, but was one rebound and two assists shy.

76ers Quick Links: 76ers Starting Lineup, 76ers Roster, 76ers Depth Chart, 76ers Injuries, 76ers News, 76ers Schedule

Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup

PositionStarter
PGTyler Johnson
SGDevin Booker
SFMikal Bridges
PFJosh Jackson
CDeAndre Ayton

Suns Analysis

phoenix suns

The Suns are in rebuild mode and also have pieces for a great future in DeAndre Ayton, Booker, T.J. Warren, and Mikal Bridges. Fans got a glimpse of what that future could look like as Ayton dropped 25 points with Warren chipping in 24. Like any team, there will be growing pains but Phoenix has gotten some surprising wins this season, defeating both the San Antonio Spurs by 30 and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Phoenix will face the LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Sacramento Kings in their next three games. 

In their last game, the Suns were blown out 132-109 by the Golden State Warriors. Kelly Oubre, who was acquired recently, broke out for 15 points. Bridges struggled but has played well, and could bounce back tonight.

Suns Quick Links: Suns Starting Lineup, Suns Roster, Suns Depth Chart, Suns Injuries, Suns News, Suns Schedule

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds

Philadelphia is the -5 point favorite to win tonight’s game in Phoenix. The 76ers are 46-100 on the road. Phoenix is 44-98 at home.

Odds & Line Movement Links: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Phoenix Suns, Vegas Odds (All NBA Games Today)

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DraftKings & FanDuel Fantasy Picks

Joel Embiid ($11k) and Devin Booker ($8.6k) are your fantasy studs for tonight. Embiid is projected for 51.12 points, while Booker is expected to rack up 39.42 points on Fan Duel.

76ers guard J.J. Redick ($5.2k) is once again a fantasy value along with Suns rookie Mikal Bridges ($4.4k). Redick is expected to finish with 24.58 points. Bridges has played well for the Suns,and is projected on FanDuel for 20.61.

Find all of our Fanduel and Draftkings projections here: https://www.lineups.com/nba/nba-fantasy-basketball-projections. 

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