The Brooklyn Nets will look to continue their march in the post-Kyrie Irving era as they host Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns this Wednesday.
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Away: Phoenix Suns (29-26/10-17 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Chris Paul
- SG: Devin Booker
- SF: Mikal Bridges
- PF: Cameron Johnson
- C: Deandre Ayton
The Suns failed to impress Brooklyn in a failed bid to acquire Kyrie Irving via a trade, but they did wow their fans last Sunday with a 116-100 victory on the road against the Detroit Pistons. Before that, Phoenix humbled the Boston Celtics in a 106-94 win at TD Garden on Saturday. The Suns are now 4-1 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five games. Going back to their last 10 games, the Suns have gone 8-2 SU and 8-2 ATS.
Phoenix’s defense has tightened it up, with their last opponents bleeding for only 107.5 points in the last 10 games — second-best in the league over that stretch. With Brooklyn in the process of introducing new pieces to the team following the Kyrie trade, it might not be too cohesive enough to thwart Phoenix’s elite defense that is ninth in the NBA with only 112.7 points allowed per 100 possessions adjusted.
Home: Brooklyn Nets (32-21/16-9 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Patty Mills
- SG: Cameron Thomas
- SF: Joe Harris
- PF: Royce O’Neale
- C: Nic Claxton
Cam Thomas has always been a bucket-getter and he reminded everyone of that on Tuesday when he torched the Los Angeles Clippers for 47 points on 15/29 shooting from the field and 10/11 from the free throw line, albeit in a 124-116 loss. While Spencer Dinwiddie could start for the Nets this Wednesday, Brooklyn might have to opt to give Thomas another start to ride his hot hands. The former LSU Tigers star had 15 points on 6/11 shooting in just 13 minutes of action off the bench when the Nets lost to the Suns on the road last December.
Ben Simmons, who missed the Clippers game (his fifth in a row) could potentially return to action this Wednesday. He’s still not the old Ben Simmons, but any kind of help is welcome at this point for the Nets, who are averaging 114.4 points per game, so far this season. Nic Claxton should be a thorn in the side of the Suns, as he had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first meeting and just posted 15 points and 16 rebounds against a very good Clippers side. The Nets are 4-0 ATS in their last four games.
Spread: The Suns (-4.5) cover the spread.
Over/Under: The total (226.0) hits the Under.