NBA: Suns look to complete perfect road trip in D.C.
The Phoenix Suns are hitting their stride at the right time with a chance to match a season-high fifth consecutive victory and the possibility of sweeping a three-game road trip when they face the Washington Wizards.
Phoenix (42-29) improved to a 6-2 record since the return of Eric Bledsoe to the rotation, with a 102-95 victory against the Hawks on Monday. Bledsoe scored 20 points and had 6 rebounds. It was his third consecutive game of at least 20 points.
In the previous matchup between these two teams, the Wizards came away victorious on the road with a 101-95 victory. John Wall finished with 18 points and 12 assists to lead Washington to victory. Trevor Ariza added 23 points, while Bradley Beal hit a clutch 3-pointer with just over two minutes remaining to give the Wizards the lead for good.
The Wizards (36-34) will most likely be snapping a five-year postseason playoff drought. They are currently the sixth seed in the Eastern conference and have a 7.5 game advantage over ninth place New York.
Washington will be without Nene for their 14th consecutive game, but it has been reported that he will most likely be returning to practice within the next week.
The Suns come into tonight’s contest in 9th place in the Western Conference and are 0.5 games behind Dallas and Memphis, 2 games behind Golden State, and 2.5 games behind Portland with 11 games remaining.
Prediction: Suns 104 Wizards 91 with Eric Bledsoe scoring 20+ points for the fourth straight game and Markieff Morris notching a double-double.
The Suns and Wizards will tip-off tonight at 4:00 p.m. MT from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
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