It’s an interconference matchup on the parquet floor down in the Valley of the Sun. The Washington Wizards are on the road as they make the trip to face the Phoenix Suns Saturday night. Washington was on the road Friday night as they took on the Warriors in the front game of a back-to-back set. Phoenix was dropped 113-103 by the Clippers on the road Thursday night as they closed a back-to-back set. In the all-time regular-season series, the Wizards own a 67-63 edge between the teams and have taken five of the last six meetings. That includes a 128-107 home victory in the first meeting this season on January 11.
Washington Wizards Close Back-to-Back Road SetWashington was in action on the road against Golden State Friday night to kick off a back-to-back road set that concludes here. The Wizards entered Friday night fourth in the Southeast Division, eight games behind the Hornets, Hawks and Heat for the top spot. In the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the team is 13th, four games behind the Bulls for the final playoff spot. Washington is 5-7 in the second game of back-to-back situations: in those games, they average 116 points per game while allowing an average of 117.3 points per contest on the year. The Wizards are 8-16 on the road entering Friday with a -6.9 ppg scoring differential (109.9 ppg for, 116.8 ppg against) on the year. Washington is
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On the season, the Wizards are 11th in the league in scoring offense with an average of 113.6 points per contest. Washington is 15th in the league in rebounding as they collect an average of 44.1 boards per game while they stand 14th in assists by handing out 24.8 dimes a night. The Wizards are 30th in the league in scoring defense as they give up an average of 118.7 points per game this season. Bradley Beal leads the team with 31.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game on the season. Russell Westbrook puts up 21.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.6 assists per contest while Thomas Bryant put up 14.3 points a game but suffered a torn ACL and is done for the year. Rui Hachimura (14.1 points, 5.9 rebounds) and Raul Neto are also contributing on the offensive end of the floor. Davis Bertans (11.3 points), Isaac Bonga, Deni Avidja, Daniel Gafford, Ish Smith, Garrison Matthews, Robin Lopez and Chandler Hutchison have to step up offensively. Washington is 16th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.6% from the floor on the year. The Wizards are 28th by knocking down an average of 10.7 three-pointers a night while they stand 28th by sinking 34.7% of their attempts from beyond the arc. Gafford suffered an ankle sprain earlier this week and will be re-evaluated next week.
Phoenix Suns Look to Prevail at HomePhoenix ran out of steam as they fell to the Clippers in the second game of a back-to-back set after beating Utah at home in overtime Wednesday. The Suns entered Friday with a two-game edge over the Clippers in the Pacific Division race. In the Western Conference standings, the Suns are second, 2.5 games behind the Jazz for the top spot and seven games clear of seventh-place Dallas to ensure a guaranteed playoff spot. Against LA, Phoenix was in a tight game for three quarters as they trailed by four after the opening quarter, led by two at the half and trailed by two after three quarters. Phoenix game up a 10-2 run to start the fourth quarter to trail by 10 and couldn’t get closer than four the rest of the way. The Suns shot 50.7% from the field, including six of 24 from three-point range, while allowing LA to shoot 50% from the floor in the game. Devin Booker led Phoenix with 24 points in the loss.
The Suns enter this contest 8th in the league in scoring offense as they average 114.4 points per game on the year. Phoenix stands 21st in rebounding with an average of 43.5 boards per contest while they are 3rd by dishing out an average of 27 assists per contest. The Suns are fifth in the league in scoring defense as they allow an average of 107.9 points per game this season. Devin Booker leads the team with 26 points per game this season. Cameron Johnson (9.8 points), Mikal Bridges (13.3 points, 4.7 rebounds), Chris Paul (16.2 points, 8.7 assists), Deandre Ayton (14.9 points, 10.8 rebounds) and Jae Crowder (10 points) are good offensive weapons. Dario Saric (9.7 points), Torrey Craig, Cameron Payne, Frank Kaminsky and Langston Galloway are solid contributors in the rotation. Phoenix is 2nd in field goal percentage by shooting 48.9% from the floor as a team on the year. The Suns are 13th as they knock down an average of 12.8 three-pointers a night while the team is 9th as they splash 37.6% of their attempts from beyond the arc this season.
The top trends for this contest are:
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- Suns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
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Washington is playing the second game of a back-to-back situation here while both teams are logging their third game in four nights. That’s going to take a toll on both sides but the factors favor the Suns. Phoenix had Friday off while the Wizards had to play at Golden State before flying in for this one. Washington has the league’s worst scoring defense on the year and that’s going to be problematic as Phoenix is an above-average offensive unit. The Suns are a capable team on both ends of the floor and they are just as capable of winning a barnburner as they are winning a defensive struggle. Give Phoenix the advantage behind their star backcourt as the Wizards run out of steam down the stretch.
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Phoenix has played some solid defense in the first couple of months of the season, which is surprising given their struggles on that end of the floor in recent seasons. The Suns are relying on that defense as their offensive production hasn’t overwhelmed anyone this season despite the ability of having a variety of guys that can step up offensively. Phoenix is 26th in the league in pace with an average of 97.2 possessions a night. Facing Washington and their leaky defense could pay dividends with a big offensive showing given that the Wizards are 23rd in field goal percentage (47.2%) and 26th in three-point field goal percentage defense (38%) this season. Washington is still a good offensive unit while they are last in the league in scoring defense. The Wizards lead the league in tempo with 103.9 possessions a game. Even with both teams fatigued, with Washington’s defensive woes, this one edges over the total.