NBA: Suns return home to face Magic
The Phoenix Suns (38-29) will need to string together a few wins down the stretch run if they want the chance to play some playoff basketball and have a great opportunity to do so when they host the Orlando Magic (19-49) tonight.
The Suns are currently 1.5 games behind the Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 15 games remaining. Phoenix and Memphis will square off against one another in Phoenix in mid-April. Phoenix is 22-13 at home this season and ranks second in the NBA in points per game at home with 108.4.
Orlando comes into tonight’s game on a six-game losing streak and has the worst road record in the NBA at 4-31, losing 20 of their last 21 on the road.
Phoenix defeated the Magic in Orlando in late November by a final score of 104-96. Goran Dragic scored 23 points (10-17 FG) with 13 assists and Gerald Green scored 20 points and also grabbed 8 rebounds.
Magic center Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points and had 10 boards in the losing effort against Phoenix. Vucevic has had a tremendous year, despite his team’s horrible record. He is averaging 14.2ppg and 11.0rpg.
Vucevic (ankle) was a game-time decision last night against Golden State, but ended up playing and scored 15 points and had 5 rebounds in just 23 minutes as his minutes were limited. He is currently listed as “day-to-day”, but is expected to play tonight.
The Suns and Magic tip-off at 7:00 p.m. MT tonight at US Airways Center.
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