The hottest team in the NBA meets a beast from the East, as the Phoenix Suns put their lengthy win streak on the line this Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets. Will Phoenix claim another victim? Or, will the Nets extinguish the flaming Suns?
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Away: Phoenix Suns (16-3/8-1 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Chris Paul
- SG: Devin Booker
- SF: Mikal Bridges
- PF: Jae Crowder
- C: Deandre Ayton
The Suns made loud noises Saturday in Manhattan when they destroyed the New York Knicks in an easy 118-97 victory. It wasn’t just any ordinary win, though, as it extended Phoenix’s incredible unbeaten streak to 15 games. That’s a huge momentum pushing the Suns to a showdown with a legitimate title contender on Sunday in the form of the Nets. Devin Booker’s hands must still be warm when the Suns arrive at Barclays Center this Sunday after he dropped 32 points on 14-of-27 shooting from the field.
Booker’s backcourt mate in Chris Paul had 14 points and 10 assists, while Deandre Ayton chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds. Ayton should be a handful for Brooklyn’s bigs, regardless if the Nets start Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge. Another great thing with Phoenix is that its Big Three has a fantastic support group. Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges are perfect complementary pieces for Booker, Paul, and Ayton. Meanwhile, Phoenix’s bench is seventh in the NBA in scoring with 38.5 points per contest. The Suns are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games after a win of more than 10 points.
Home: Brooklyn Nets (14-5/6-3 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: James Harden
- SG: Patty Mills
- SF: Bruce Brown
- PF: Kevin Durant
- C: LaMarcus Aldridge
Brooklyn don’t have a 15-game win streak going for them, but the Nets’ records of 4-0 in their last four and 7-1 in their last eight games isn’t shabby either. The Nets are fresh off a convincing 123-104 road win against the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Brooklyn’s decision to replace Griffin in the starting unit with Aldridge paid dividends for the Nets, as the latter scored 17 points with nine rebounds in 29 minutes. But at the end of the day, Brooklyn will go as far as where the duo of James Harden and Kevin Durant takes them.
Durant can easily score 20 points at least on any given night, and it’s unlikely either Bridges or Crowder will slow him down this Sunday. Harden is a triple-double threat anytime he’s on the floor. The Nets are also back in their comfort zone after playing on the road in their last two games. The Nets are 5-1 in their last six games at home. Moreover, they are 7-3 in their last 10 games (7-3 ATS) as the home team against Phoenix, dating back to 2011.
Spread: Brooklyn’s win over the Celtics was impressive, but before that, they had shaky moments against the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Take the Suns to cover (+3).
Over/Under: This will be a back-and-forth affair. Take the Over (221.0)