NBA: Suns return home to face Pelicans
Phoenix (33-24) comes in on a three game losing streak and will square off against the New Orleans Pelicans (23-34) who have also found winning to be a difficult task as of late, dropping their last five games.
The Suns may not have star point guard Goran Dragic (ankle) back for the game either, as he is a game-time decision. Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis may also be out for the game as he left the Pelicans’ game on Wednesday night with a sprained left shoulder.
The Suns recent slide can be blamed on their efforts on the defensive side of the ball, having allowed an average of 111 points per game during their losing streak.
Backup shooting guard Leandro Barbosa (toe) is also a game-time decision, but has a better chance of playing than Dragic, according to Jeff Hornacek.
This game is crucial for the Suns in their run for a playoff bid, as they are now just one half game above Memphis for the 8th seed in the wild, wild West. Whenever you have a shot to beat a deflated sub-.500 team at home you must take advantage of that situation.
Phoenix and New Orleans will tip off at 8:30 p.m. MT on Friday night at US Airways Center. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
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