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Phoenix Suns vs Washington Wizards

Phoenix Suns at Washington Wizards

Time: 7 pm (ET)


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After beating the Brooklyn Nets final evening, the Phoenix Suns (Three-Four) now journey down south roughly 228.1 miles to face the Washington Wizards (Four-2).

Wizards Replace

The Wizards final performed Oct. 29 in opposition to the Sacramento Kings — a recreation they successfully gained by halftime by main 63-32. Their solely two losses have come in opposition to the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers in extra time. Washington has not misplaced but at residence.
Washington is helmed by four-time All Star John Wall, who's as soon as once more placing up terrific numbers. His 21.7 factors and 10.Three assists lead the workforce; nevertheless, his scoring effectivity has been down early on this season. Bradley Beal, the opposite man within the backcourt band, is averaging 19.5 factors per recreation himself however goes by way of effectivity struggles just like Wall. Otto Porter Jr., who secured a long-term cope with the Wizards within the offseason, has lived as much as his contract, placing up profession highs in factors (18.7) and rebounds (7.5), capturing over 50 p.c from each the sphere and Three-point vary, and main the complete NBA in steals per recreation (2.7). Marcin Gortat does his common yeoman work inside (12.Three factors, 9.7 rebounds), and Kelly Oubre has been beginning instead of the injured Markieff Morris. Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott, and Ian Mahinmi are the main gamers off Washington’s bench.
The Wizards possess one of many NBA’s greatest offenses, scoring 111.7 factors per contest, but they achieve this with middling percentages from the sphere, behind the arc, and from the free throw line. They do get a good variety of steals, although, coming into the sport tied with the Utah Jazz for second within the league with 10 per recreation. Past steals, Washington reverts to a mean defensive workforce on the season — besides for his or her Three-point protection, which is prime 10 within the league at 32.7 p.c.
Staff Leaders
Factors: John Wall (21.7)
Rebounds: Marcin Gortat (9.7)
Assists: John Wall (10.Three)

Suns Replace

Phoenix enters this recreation off a back-and-forth win over the Brooklyn Nets that noticed the workforce proceed to combat by way of errors they weren’t preventing by way of to start out the season.
Over his final two video games, Devin Booker has carried the lion’s share of the scoring burden, placing up 34 factors in opposition to the Portland Path Blazers and 32 factors yesterday in opposition to the Nets. Even higher, he’s shot 50 p.c or higher in each video games and a mixed 60 p.c (9 of 15) from behind the arc. T.J. Warren (20 factors, 11 rebounds) and Mike James (24 factors, 5 assists) each shook off tough video games to be main contributors in opposition to Brooklyn. Alex Len (15 rebounds) and Tyson Chandler (13 rebounds) did work on the glass as soon as once more in performances which are changing into commonplace, and Dragan Bender seems extra snug in his position on the court docket by the day.
The protection continues to look good underneath interim head coach Jay Triano. Since he’s taken over, no opponent has shot higher than 44 p.c from the sphere and two of Phoenix’s 4 opponents have shot under 30 p.c from Three.
Staff Leaders
Factors: Devin Booker (22.1)
Rebounds: Tyson Chandler (9.7)
Assists: Devin Booker (Four.Three)

Damage Report

Eric Bledsoe (Suns): yo-yo wrist (OUT)*
Brandon Knight (Suns): torn left ACL (OUT)
Davon Reed (Suns): torn left meniscus (OUT)
Alan Williams (Suns): torn proper meniscus (OUT)
Sheldon Mac (Wizards): torn left Achilles (OUT)
Markieff Morris (Wizards): sports activities hernia/suspension (OUT)
*he’s rockin’ that child, although

Recreation Preview

Washington has swept the season collection from the Suns for 2 straight seasons, however none of these wins by the Wizards has been by double figures. Coming in on the second recreation of a back-to-back doesn’t enhance Phoenix’s odds of reversing that development, particularly in opposition to a rested Wizards workforce, however the Wiz have let their guard down earlier than, blowing a 10-point 4th quarter lead in opposition to the Lakers, as an example. The Suns should dig down deep in opposition to a recent and gifted opponent, however they’re younger sufficient to do it (effectively, most of them are).

Key Matchup

The Phoenix Suns vs. John Wall
Wall can damage a workforce in a number of methods, however he’s most harmful when he’s getting his teammates in on the act. Contemplating his less-than-stellar capturing averages to start out the season, the Suns have to be aware collectively of taking away his passing lanes. If Wall needs to heave 30 pictures, let him. Simply don’t let him contain his teammates.

Deadpoolio’s Neat-o Stat of the Recreation Preview (dropped at you by basketball-reference.com)

A win tonight would put the Phoenix Suns at .500 for the primary time since Nov. 23, 2015.
(Effectively, technically, I suppose it might be for the primary time since earlier than their Nov. 25 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans dropped them under .500. Oh, no matter. You understand what I imply. It’s been some time.)
All stats courtesy of NBA.com and basketball-reference.com.
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