There are going to be a number of NBA teams that will be looking at heading in a new direction next season. For some, they will be doing so in an attempt to break out of a rot that has set in, while others will be looking to make a change after an underachieving season. The Phoenix Suns, who fall into the first category, have already signaled their intentions by firing their coach and deciding to wait until the off season to hire a permanent replacement. It is going to be interesting to see what goes on in Washington if the Wizards fail to make the playoffs, as this is a team that most expected to be in the postseason. They still have a shot at getting in, but are in a position where time is really starting to run out. These two teams will hook up on Friday night in Phoenix, with all the pressure squarely on the shoulders of the Wizards. To keep up with the odds for this game make sure to check out our NBA betting lines portal.
How to Bet the Washington Vs Phoenix NBA Odds, TV & Game Info
Why bet on the Washington Wizards
It looked for a moment as though the Washington Wizards (36-39) were about to take a serious run at the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but back to back losses has them sitting 3.5 games back with just 7 games to play. Prior to those defeats, the Wizards had been making a positive move, but any momentum gained has now been totally lost. Washington have not performed particularly well against Western Conference opponents this season, but they do already have a win against the Phoenix Suns under their belt. That was a close 109-106 win on home court, and you have to say that the Wizards would settle for more of the same. They are still going to need some help, though, and there is no room for error. Washington are averaging 103.4 PPG, and are giving up 104.5 PPG.
Why bet on the Phoenix Suns
It didn’t really come as a surprise to anyone to hear that Jeff Hornacek had been fired from the head coach position with the Phoenix Suns (20-55). There were not particularly big expectations placed on this team at the start of the season, but it has to be said that they have taken a huge step in the wrong direction. There is a very good chance that things are going to get blown up in Phoenix during the offseason. The Suns are coming into this one having lost 4 straight, and having only won 3 games in their last 10. They look like a team waiting for the season to end, and it’s tough to find any reason to pick them straight up in this one. Phoenix are averaging 100.5 PPG, and are giving up 107.8 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I’m not entirely sure that the Wizards can do enough to get into the playoffs, but I do think they can get back to winning ways against one of the worst teams in the NBA.
Washington Wizards 107 Phoenix Suns 101