NBA: Suns continue road-trip in Atlanta
The Suns have turned their franchise around a whole 180 degrees from last season’s last place finish in the Western Conference, yet are still on the outside of the playoff picture. Phoenix will look to defeat the Atlanta Hawks tonight.
Phoenix (41-29) has already clinched a non-losing season in a year in which they were predicted by many “experts” to not even surpass 15 wins. They have been the Cinderella story of the NBA this season and hopefully the clock has not hit midnight too early on their season.
The Suns are 0.5 games behind both Dallas and Memphis entering tonight’s games and just 2.5 behind Golden State for 6th place. Memphis is the only other team out of those three that will be in play tonight, as they host the Timberwolves.
Atlanta (31-37) has their grasp on a playoff spot right now as they are 3 games ahead of the Knicks for the 8th seed in the East.
In the previous matchup between these two squads, the Suns came away victorious 129-120 with Gerald Green leading the charge with 33 points.
Markieff Morris added 21 points and 8 rebounds, while his brother Marcus Morris scored 18 points and collected 9 rebounds. Goran Dragic finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists in the high-scoring contest.
Jeff Teague led the Hawks in scoring with 29 points on 14-21 shooting while also dishing out 9 assists in the process. Kyle Korver hit 6 three-pointers on 7 attempts and finished with 18 points.
The Suns started out their three-game road-trip with a terrific 22-point comeback, largest of the season, against the Timberwolves yesterday to defeat Minnesota 127-120. They now have three 20+ point comeback victories on the season with each of them coming on the road. The Suns improved to 17-16 on the road with the victory and will look to improve on that record tonight.
PREDICTION: Suns come away victorious behind a big game from Eric Bledsoe.
SUNS 109 Hawks 102
The Suns and the Hawks will tip-off at 4:30 p.m. MT from Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
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