When and where: January 24, 2020, AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX, 8:30 PM ET
The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games on Friday when hosting the visiting Phoenix Suns. This will be the second time this week the Western Conference foes have clashed. The Spurs eked out a 120-118 victory over the Suns on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. They recently knocked off the New Orleans Pelicans, while the Suns are coming off an ugly 112-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Larry Fitzgerald a new face for the SunsLegendary NFL receiver Larry Fitzgerald has officially bought a minority stake in the Suns organization. You can rest assured the team will use him in any way possible as a recruitment tool and an ambassador for the future. They need all the help they can get with the franchise in the middle of another losing season. The team is on the verge of losing a third consecutive game after dropping back-to-back losses to the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs.
Fans will hold their collective breath for a turnaround in Friday’s road trip to take on the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns are ranked 18th in the league in defensive efficiency with opposing teams averaging 114.5 points per game against them on the road. San Antonio has looked disastrous on defense at times, but they have the offensive firepower to back the Suns into a corner.
They are averaging 114.1 points per game on their home floor.
The Suns have been too reliant on Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre and Deandre Ayton to shoot them out of defensive timeout. That obviously doesn’t always work, especially if the opposing team can get stops. The sputtering Spurs’ defense could quickly aid in this game turning into an offensive shootout.
Center Aron Baynes is questionable for the game with a hip injury, while rookie Cameron Johnson has already been ruled out with a quad injury.
Spurs not even acknowledged in ugly winAll eyes were glued to television screens across the world to see New Orleans Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson make his NBA debut. That essentially put all eyes on the Spurs as well. It wasn’t a great defensive showing in the end as the Spurs stood idle and watched Williamson knock down four wide open 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put the Pelicans ahead.
The Spurs would retake the lead and ultimately win the game once Williamson returned to the bench. It wasn’t a great defensive showing for the Spurs, and it should provide some confidence for the struggling Suns coming in for a visit on Friday.
San Antonio has the fourth-worst defensive team in basketball with opposing teams averaging 114.7 points per game against them this season. The Suns are a troubled team with too many problems to count on one hand.
But scoring isn’t one of them.
The Spurs will continue to put all of their faith in DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge to be special on the offensive end of the floor and lead the team to victory. They might have to be extra special to keep pace with a Suns offense averaging 113.0 points per game this season.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Suns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days’ rest.
- Suns are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games.
- Spurs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Spurs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Spurs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Spurs are 9-21 ATS in their last 30 home games.