Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Point Spread Pick from Will Rogers: November 8th 2017

| November 8, 2017

Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns
NBA Point Spread Pick: PHO +6 (November 8th 2017)

The set-up: The Phoenix Suns made a coaching change after an 0-3 start which included two losses by more than 40 points. Phoenix won four of its first five after canning Earl Watson and promoting Jay Triano, but enters this home game with the Heat having dropped three in a row. The Suns returned home from a five-game road trip on Monday but fell to the Brooklyn Nets 98-92, a loss that marked the lowest-scoring game of the Jay Triano ‘era.’ However, Tuesday brought a trade with Milwaukee, sending disgruntled PG Eric Bledsoe to the Bucks for a package that includes veteran center Greg Monroe and a first-round pick. The Suns once traded away Goran Dragic to open up more playing time for Bledsoe, and Dragic returns to the desert on Wednesday leading a Heat squad that scored a season low in points during a 97-80 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday to fall to 1-2 on the six-game road trip.

Miami: Dragic is averaging 19.3 & 4.8 APG for a Heat team that is 4-6. All has not gone smoothly for Miami either, as head coach Erik Spoelstra benched Hassan Whiteside in the second half of Monday’s loss after the center lost his focus on a play. “I guess he thought it was better if I didn’t come back in,” Whiteside told reporters. “Coach playing me 16 minutes, I guess that’s what he wanted me to play. … Last game, I played 31 minutes. I thought I played great (Sunday at the Clippers). Today, I played 16 minutes. So, I really don’t know what I’m going to play (Wednesday) in Phoenix.” Whiteside was just 1-of-9 from the floor when he was benched and finished with three points and six rebounds, well off his season averages of 15.2 points and 12.4 boards. And so it goes.

Phoenix: Shooting guard Devin Booker (at 21) became the fourth-youngest player in NBA history (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony) to reach 3,000 points when he scored 18 against the Nets on Monday. “My dream my whole life was to play in the NBA,” Booker told reporters. “Once I got here I realized I wanted to leave a mark, so every time I got out there I try to think back to those days when I was a little kid and wanted to be successful in this league. I’m trying to do it and get wins along with it.” Booker is averaging 21.6 points on the season and is 29-of-29 from the free-throw line in the last five games. The Suns have  plenty of potential with SF Warren (17.0 & 6.3), rookie SF Jackson (9.8 & 3.4), 2nd-year PG Ulis (7.5 & 3.7 APG) and PF Chriss (6.4 & 4.5). It will be interesting to see if the 6-11 Monroe can regain his mojo here in Phoenix. Monroe, was averaging 6.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in five games while dealing with a calf injury this season. However, he had averaged double-digits points in the previous six seasons, at least 15 points in the first five of those. Monroe will join a big-man crew that includes starting center Tyson Chandler (7.3 & 9.3) and reserve Alex Len.

The pick: Miami made that great second-half run last season (just missed the playoffs) but we’ve little semblance of that kind of play so far in the early going of the current season. The Whiteside “issue” hardly inspires confidence that things will get better any time soon nor does Miami’s 2-6-2 ATS record. Play the Suns.

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