The Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns clash for the first time this season down in Arizona, each team coming off a victory and carrying a 2-1 record. Will the Warriors dominate Phoenix on the road? Or, will the Suns be too hot to handle for the defending NBA champions?
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Away: Golden State Warriors (2-1/0-0 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Stephen Curry
- SG: Klay Thompson
- SF: Andrew Wiggins
- PF: Draymond Green
- C: Kevon Looney
Thanks to their high-octane offense, the Warriors were able to start the season 3-1 and avoid getting upset by the Sacramento Kings on Monday when Golden State mustered a 130-125 win at home. The Warriors, who shot 51.7 FG% and went 14/33 from downtown in the Kings game, are averaging 125.3 points per game this season while also shooting 48.2 FG% and 36.9 3FG%. Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins are leading Golden State’s offense with 33.3 and 22.3 points per game, respectively, while Jordan Poole is third on the team with 14.3 points a night.
Poole is coming off his best performance yet of the season with 24 points on 7/14 shooting versus Sacramento. It is more than just individual talent for the Warriors that is sparking their success, though, as evidenced by the fact that they are top five in the NBA with a 67.4 AST% and second with 29.7 APG. The Warriors have covered the spread in three of their last four meetings with the Suns.
Home: Phoenix Suns (2-1/1-0 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Chris Paul
- SG: Devin Booker
- SF: Mikal Bridges
- PF: Cameron Johnson
- C: Deandre Ayton
After two games on the road, the Suns are back in the desert for the start of a six-game home stand against the Warriors. Golden State’s offense is obviously going to be a problem for the Suns, but Phoenix is also a team that prides itself on its defense. The Suns have one of the stingiest defenses in the NBA so far this season, having allowed just an average of 104.3 points on both per game and per 100 possessions basis, so far this season.
In their last game, the Suns neutralized the Los Angeles Clippers in a 112-95 win in Hollywood Monday, keeping Paul George (16 points, 4/11 FG) and Kawhi Leonard (11 points, 2/6 FG) both in check. The Suns welcome Golden State on Wednesday with a 5-3 record against the spread in their last eight home games, dating back to last April.
Spread: The Suns (-2.5) cover the spread.
Over/Under: The total (225.5) hits the Under.