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Game Preview: Blazing hot Suns look to beat Mavericks again

Winners of 10 straight, the Suns look to continue dominance of Dallas

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What: Phoenix Suns (11-3) vs. Dallas Mavericks (9-5)

When: 8:00 p.m. AZ Time

Where: Footprint Center

Watch: ESPN

Listen: 98.7 FM


It’s getting hard to remember when the Phoenix Suns last lost a basketball game. They’ll look to keep things rolling tonight against the Mavericks, just one day removed from gutting out a 105-98 win against that same Dallas squad.

The Mavericks were without superstar Luka Doncic in that game, and may be without him again tonight as he continues to be listed day-to-day with an ankle injury.

The Suns have reached this impressive win streak without even looking like the best version of themselves, and one can’t help but think there is still another gear this team is hoping to find before this season is out. This is especially true on offense, where the Suns rank only 12th in the NBA in scoring per 100 possessions. They can be better than that.


Probable starting lineups:

Suns

  • PG: Chris Paul
  • SG: Devin Booker
  • SF: Mikal Bridges
  • PF: Jae Crowder
  • C: Deandre Ayton

Mavericks

  • PG: Jalen Brunson
  • SG: Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • SF: Dorian Finney-Smith
  • PF: Kristaps Porzingis
  • C: Dwight Powell

Injury Report:

Suns:

Frank Kaminsky: day-to-day

Mavericks:

Luka Doncic: day-to-day

Maxi Kleber: out


Mavericks report:

The Mavs are lucky to be sitting at 9-5 given that they are actually allowing more points per game this season than they are scoring. They still show every sign of being serious about contending for a playoff spot, but they’ll need to improve their quality of play considerably if they want to rise to the upper echelon of the Western Conference.

That said, it should still be a competitive contest because the Mavericks have enough talent to keep the game interesting as long the Suns aren’t shooting especially hot.


Prediction: The Suns have the home court, tons of confidence given the big win streak, and Dallas is either missing Doncic or he’s banged up. Devin Booker builds on Wednesday’s late game heroics to have one of his best nights of the season, and the Suns are in control down the stretch.

Suns win 109-99.