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Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs Preview and Predictions -01-20-2020

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Game: San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns
Date & Time: Monday January 20, 2020, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena

The San Antonio Spurs go to the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, to take on the Phoenix Suns on Monday. The Spurs are coming off of a two-game losing streak, losing to the Miami Heat and the last-place Atlanta Hawks. The Spurs have won five of their last ten games, and two of their previous three games have come down to one-point.

The San Antonio Spurs are 17-23 on the season and are one and a half games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The Spurs are terrible on the road, having a record of 6-13 away from their arena.

The Phoenix Suns are coming off of a two-game winning streak, defeating the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. The Suns have won four of their last five games, only losing to the Atlanta Hawks in their previous five games.

The Phoenix Suns are 18-24 on the season and are two games back from the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and a half games back from the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns will likely be without Kelly Oubre Jr., which may change the gameplay for the Suns, especially defensively.

San Antonio is 15-24-1 ATS this season
Spurs are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine road games.
Phoenix is 22-19-1 ATS this season
Suns are 5-0 ATS in their last five games as an underdog.

Both teams are efficient on offense but struggle on defense, allowing far too many points each game to be contenders. What’s the San Antonio Spurs are on a bit of a skid right now, while the Phoenix Suns have done relatively well recently. I think the San Antonio Spurs will be able to edge this win out due to having more of a consistent and balanced team, and you know what you are getting out of the team more often than not. There’s always a possibility of a line Walker big game, but it’s never known when Lonnie Walker is going to be playing significant minutes. Final Score Prediction, San Antonio Spurs 117-112.

Phoenix Suns

 

The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division, and are the only team in their division not based in California. The Suns play their home games at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

The franchise began play in 1968 as an expansion team, and their early years were shrouded in mediocrity, but their fortunes changed in the 1970s, where, after partnering long-term guard Dick Van Arsdale and center Alvan Adams with Paul Westphal, the Suns reached the 1976 NBA Finals, in what is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in NBA history. However, after failing to capture a championship, the Suns would rebuild around Walter Davis for a majority of the 1980s, until the acquisition of Kevin Johnson in 1988.

Under Johnson, and after trading for perennial NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, and combined with the output of Tom Chambers and Dan Majerle, the Suns reached the playoffs for a franchise-record thirteen consecutive appearances and remained a regular title contender throughout the 1990s, and reached the 1993 NBA Finals. However, the team would again fail to win a championship, and entered into another period of mediocrity until the early part of the 2000s.

In 2004, the Suns reacquired Steve Nash, and immediately returned into playoff contention. With Nash, Shawn Marion, and Amar’e Stoudemire, and under head coach Mike D’Antoni, the Suns became renowned worldwide for their quick, dynamic offense, which led them to tie a franchise record in wins in the 2004–05 season. Two more top two Conference placements followed, but the Suns again failed to attain an NBA championship, and were forced into another rebuild.

The Suns own the NBA’s seventh-best all-time winning percentage, and have the second highest winning percentage of any teams to have never won an NBA championship.[9][10] 10 Hall of Famers have played for Phoenix, while two Suns—Barkley and Nash—have won the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award while playing for the team.