Phoenix Suns (15-52) at Golden State Warriors (45-20)
NBA Basketball: Sunday March 10th, 2019 at 8:35 PM EDT (Oracle Arena)
Line and Odds: Golden State Warriors -17
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Its the battle between the worst and the best in the Western Conference. The Phoenix Suns are waiting for the sun to set on this long season. However, out of nowhere, Phoenix has won three of their last four games and they even outshined the Milwaukee Bucks on March Fourth. Meanwhile, the Warriors have been down at least 10 points in 12 of their last 15 games and need to start having better starts. Teams come in knowing they have to bring their A plus game and if the energy isn’t matched from the start, then they may be outplayed. At least the dubs are coming off their first all around solid win in awhile, which was against the elite Denver Nuggets. The Suns will look for another upset win and the dubs will continue to try to have another championship effort performance.
The Phoenix Suns have the second worst record in the NBA, but lately they have been playing like a slightly above average team. Phoenix has won by at least nine points in each of their last three wins, but also had some double digit losses to below average teams. The main reason for the recent winning streak is Devin Booker, as he has scored 22 plus points in each of his last five games. A few games ago, Booker had a 41 point performance against the New York Knicks and he will need that type of effort against the dubs. Also, DeAndre Ayton has been putting up his usual double-double stats and has been the spark plug for the Suns all season. Last time the Suns played the Warriors, Ayton had 12 rebounds and 23 points. Phoenix used Ayton a lot in the paint early, but he slowly started missing shots as the game went on. Look for a confident effort from the Suns, and another great start against the Dubs.
The Golden State Warriors lately having been playing okay basketball. The dubs are 5-5 in their last ten games and haven’t played that Warriors style basketball that we are all use to. Golden State is starting games slow, with no energy, sloppy defense, and some poor shooting. They have showed up sometimes against the elite teams, but their recent 128-95 blowout home loss to the Boston Celtics, was the wake up call for the Warriors. In their last game against the Nuggets, the dubs were up 19 points and held Denver to some ugly shooting numbers as low as 22 percent in the first quarter. The Nuggets would slowly comeback through free throws and the Warriors going cold, but the dubs did their old late quarter runs, a couple times, and put this game to bed. It was also a big statement win. Now after missing two games, Klay Thompson led the way from tip off to the final buzzer, and finished with 39 points. Golden State had a lot of steals and smothering defense at times. Last time the dubs played the Suns, they had an awful start, and were down 26-9 eight minutes into the game. If they play with purpose from tip off, then it should be a cruising win.
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So, who will win the fourth and final meeting of the year between these two Pacific Division rivals? The Suns just played yesterday and had a hard fought road loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Phoenix might be a little tired after trying to erase a 19 point point deficit, but we shall see. Meanwhile, the dubs are coming off their strongest win in a few weeks and they have a 18 win streak against the Suns. They will most likely continue that win streak and try to put this game away early. The Warriors win 115-102, but won’t cover the spread.
Pick: Phoenix Suns +17