Game Analysis

The Phoenix Suns enter Friday’s game in San Antonio just 2.5 games behind the Spurs for eighth place in the Western Conference standings. The Suns, who will be looking to stop San Antonio’s three-game winning streak, will rely on leading scorer Devin Booker, a potential All-Star for the first time in his career. Booker is averaging 26.5 points and 6.3 assists per game and threatening a 50-40-90 season. His field goal (51 percent) and free throw (92 percent) percentages are on pace, he just needs to raise his 36 percent three-point shooting a bit to get there. Booker is complemented by Kelly Oubre (18.2 points per game) and Deandre Ayton, who is averaging 17.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game after missing much of the season due to a suspension. The Spurs, one of the league’s model franchises of the modern era, are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 23 years. An 8-game losing streak in November caused the Spurs to drop in the standings, but they’ve recovered and gone 15-12 since. Veterans DeMar DeRozan (22.4 points per game) and LaMarcus Aldridge (19.4 points per game) lead the team in scoring, but the Spurs get contributions from several players on offense, with seven players averaging double figures in scoring. San Antonio has long been known for its defense, but the team’s scoring ability -- they’re seventh in the league in points per game -- is what keeps them competitive. The Spurs are 1-0 against Phoenix this season and 18-24-1 against the spread. The Suns are 22-21-1 against the spread this season.

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