Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
TD Garden, Boston
Written by Sporty Jordy
When and where: January 18, 2020, TD Garden, Boston, MA, 7:00 PM ET
The slumping Boston Celtics desperately hope to avoid their sixth loss in eight games on Saturday when hosting the visiting Phoenix Suns. It could be nearing a time of reflection with the Celtics on the verge of losing their sixth game in eight outings. They are coming off back-to-back losses to the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons. Meanwhile, the Suns managed to get back on the winning track by ramrodding the New York Knicks in a 121-98 road victory.
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Ayton steps up big when needed
Devin Booker has a knack for being the offensive superman for the Suns. However, the team desperately needed someone else to step up with Kelly Oubre Jr. sidelined with a head injury against the Knicks. Leave it to the big-man, Deandre Ayton
, to drop 26 points and a career-high 21 rebounds to help lead the Suns to a 121-98 victory.
Ricky Rubio also turned in a 25-point performance with 13 assists to help complete the blowout. It’ll take another scintillating performance for the Suns to fend off the Celtics’ fourth-ranked defense. Perhaps they can find some hope in Boston allowing 116-plus points in each of their last two games. The Suns are averaging a 49.0 field goal shooting percentage in their last three games.
The trio of Booker, Ayton and Rubio can still cause problems for the Celtics. Oubre has already been ruled out for Saturday’s game, while rookie Cameron Johnson is questionable with a quad injury.
Phoenix’s 18th-ranked defense is the greatest concern when breaking down this matchup. Opposing teams are averaging 114.3 points per game against them on the road. You can rest assured the Celtics will take advantage if the Suns can’t consistently contest shots.
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