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#579 Phoenix Suns 229 vs.
#580 San Antonio Spurs -4
Friday, January 24, 2020 at 8:35pm EST
AT&T Center, San Antonio
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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.

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Larry Fitzgerald a new face for the Suns

Legendary 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 win

All 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.

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The Spurs have already eked out two wins over the Suns at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. So this is the first time the two Western Conference foes are actually meeting at the AT&T Center in San Antonio this season. The Spurs’ pitiful defensive play will give the Suns an opportunity to stick around in the game longer than they should, but I’m also expecting Phoenix to not be as efficient on the road as they’ve been at home.

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Spurs have managed to string together three consecutive wins and extend their home record to 12-10 on the season. They are averaging the sixth-best shooting percentage in the league on offense taking on a Suns team allowing a 48.7 average field goal shooting percentage to opponents.

Spurs fans should definitely bring a handkerchief to the game because the Suns will make them sweat at some point. The defensive problems run deep in San Antonio. However, they still aren’t deep enough for me to actually pick the Suns in this matchup. I’m laying the points and taking the Spurs on Friday.

Prediction: San Antonio Spurs (-4)

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The Spurs and Suns have combined for 238-plus points in both meetings in Phoenix this season. I’m not expecting the third meeting to go any differently with San Antonio serving as the backdrop on Friday. Both teams have plenty of defensive problems, but they also both rank in the top-10 of scoring offenses in the league.

The Spurs are averaging 116.0 points in their last three outings taking on a Suns team that has scored 118-plus points in each of the last two head-to-head meetings. DeRozan and Aldridge will have big nights in this matchup. I’m taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (229)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.