Spurs vs. Suns odds: NBA picks from expert who's 22-11 on Phoenix games

Two Western Conference teams collide Wednesday when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Phoenix Suns in a prime-time showdown. The Spurs are listed as 9.5-point favorites, with the over-under for total points scored set at 203.

Before you lock in your bets, you need to see what SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein has to say. The veteran NBA handicapper has been locked in when it comes to identifying the tendencies of the Suns. He is on an impressive 22-11 run against the spread in selecting games involving Phoenix.

Now, Hartstein has locked in a play for Wednesday, and you can only see it at SportsLine.

Hartstein knows the youth-laden Suns have lost eight of their past nine and will be without star point guard Devin Booker, who is dealing with a hip injury. They were competitive for a half Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers before eventually falling 112-93 and failing to cover an eight-point spread.

Even so, Phoenix has been a sometimes-stubborn home underdog. The home team has covered five straight in this series and the Suns are 4-1 ATS coming off a loss against the number.

Hartstein also knows the Spurs are having struggles of their own. They visit Phoenix coming off a five-game homestand in which they lost three times, including back-to-back defeats to the Rockets and Jazz.

Their lack of depth and aging roster are clearly a concern. Star forward Kawhi Leonard has missed most of the season with injuries, and forward Rudy Gay also has been sidelined with a heel injury.

They still lead the NBA in scoring defense at 98 points per game, but their lack of offensive firepower (100.9 ppg, No. 27) has been the primary liability.

San Antonio is on a 7-3 ATS run in this series, and is 8-2 ATS this season when coming off a straight-up loss.

Which side of the spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Spurs-Suns you should be all over on Wednesday, all from an expert who's 22-11 on picks involving the Suns.

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