|Phoenix Suns||Washington Wizards|
|G - Eric Bledsoe||G - John Wall|
|G - Goran Dragić||G - Bradley Beal|
|F - P.J. Tucker||F - Paul Pierce|
|F - Markieff Morris||F - Kris Humphries|
|C - Alex Len||C - Marcin Gortat|
Everyone seems to know what's good for the Phoenix Suns except apparently, the Phoenix Suns. "Give the ball to Dragić! Trade Isaiah Thomas for a big man! Give more minutes to T.J. Warren!" If Jeff Hornacek, Ryan McDonough, Lon Babby and the players (especially the players!) would just listen to our commenters, the Suns would be cruising (cruising, I tell you!) to a Pacific Division banner.
But since they are stubbornly sticking to their game plan, here's where we're at: Phoenix has won their last two consecutive games, but prior to that had dropped six in a row to some bad, bad competition. Consistency has been a hobgoblin for this squad and they will need to find some tonight if they hope to get out of Washington with a win.
On paper, the Suns have a balanced attack with a "Big 5" of Bledsoe, Dragić, Isaiah Thomas, Markieff Morris, and Gerald green all averaging between 14 and 16 points per game. But that balance has yet to translate into a consistent offensive hallmark, and instead reflects each of those players vacillating between good and bad on any given night.
In my eyes, the Washington Wizards are overwhelming favorites here. Phoenix is playing on the second day of a back-to-back. Their record is a putrid 1-6 when playing on zero days rest. They are struggling against good teams and they are struggling against bad teams. The Washington Wizards are a very, very good team and Phoenix will have to play a consistent 48 minutes to beat them and even that may not be enough.
I'm going with the Wizards here, 105-96. Tell me why I'm wrong in the comments!