It’s an interconference contest on the hardwood down in Hotlanta between a pair of teams outside their respective playoff pictures. The Phoenix Suns are on the road as they travel to face the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday night. Phoenix comes in off a 100-92 home win over Charlotte Sunday night in their last contest. Atlanta was drubbed 108-86 on the road by Brooklyn Sunday evening in their most recent game. The Suns lead the all-time regular season series by a 73-56 margin, including a 128-112 home win in the first matchup this season on November 14, 2019.
Phoenix Suns Trying to Gain Ground in Western Conference Playoff PicturePhoenix won their second straight game as they defeated Charlotte at home on Sunday night in their latest contest. The Suns entered third in the Pacific Division, 16 games behind the Lakers in the standings. In the Western Conference playoff picture, Phoenix was 10th in the standings, 1.5 games behind the Grizzlies for the final playoff spot. The Suns trailed by six after the opening quarter but led by one at the half. Charlotte tied the game after three quarters before a late fourth-quarter run by Phoenix locked down the win. The Suns shot an even 50 percent from the floor, including seven of 21 from three-point range, and controlled the glass by a 51-37 margin. Kelly Oubre Jr. led Phoenix with 25 points and 15 rebounds in the contest.
The Suns are 9th in the league in scoring with an average of 113.2 points per game. The Suns are tied for 22nd on the glass by collecting 43.5 boards per game. Phoenix stands 2nd in the league in assists with 27.8 per contest. Phoenix is 24th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 114 points a night. Devin Booker leads the Suns with 25.8 points plus 6.5 assists per game on the year. Kelly Oubre Jr. (18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds), Deandre Ayton (15.4 points, 11.2 rebounds), Aron Baynes (12.2 points, six boards), Ricky Rubio (13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 9.3 assists), Dario Saric (9.9 points, 6.4 rebounds) and Frank Kaminsky (11 points, 4.9 rebounds) are each solid scoring options. The Suns are tied for 12th in the league in field goal percentage at 46.2 percent so far. The Suns are 19th in three pointers per game with 11.6 per contest. Phoenix is tied for 21st in three-point percentage as they splash 34.6 percent of their chances from long range. Kaminsky is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his right kneecap.
Atlanta Hawks Look to Snap Slide at FourAtlanta was blown out in the opening quarter against the Nets and never got back in the game, suffering their fourth straight loss in the contest. The Hawks are in the basement of the Southeast Division, 19.5 games behind the Heat. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, Atlanta is in the cellar, 10.5 games behind the Magic for the final playoff spot. The Hawks trailed 37-16 after the opening quarter in Brooklyn and never got closer than 15 the rest of the way. Atlanta shot 33 percent from the field, including 12 of 48 from three-point range, and was destroyed 62-33 on the glass. Cam Reddish led the Hawks with 20 points in the loss.
The Hawks enter this contest 23rd in scoring offense by averaging 107 points per game. Atlanta is tied for 29th in rebounding by collecting 42.4 boards a night while the team stands 20th by dishing out 23 assists per contest. Atlanta is 28th in the league in scoring defense as they allow opponents to score 117.1 points per game this season. Trae Young leads the team with 28.9 points and 8.4 assists per game this season. Jabari Parker contributes 15 points plus six rebounds per contest while John Collins puts up 17 points plus 9.7 rebounds a night. De’Andre Hunter chips in 11.9 points a game but the Hawks need to get more from Evan Turner, Alex Len, Vince Carter, Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter (11.2 points) on both ends of the floor. Atlanta is 23rd in the league in field goal percentage by hitting 44 percent of their shots from the floor this season. The Hawks are 20th in threes per game as they hit 11.2 per contest and stand 30th in three-point percentage as they hit only 31.6 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Parker will miss at least two weeks after a non-surgical procedure on his shoulder on January 7. Young is dealing with a hamstring injury that cost him Sunday’s game. His status for this one is up in the air.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Suns are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
- Hawks are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record