Atlanta Hawks at Phoenix Suns Preview
The Atlanta Hawks are on the road tonight against the Phoenix Suns, and while that’s usually not preferable, the Hawks have been better on the road (2-2) this season than they have been at home (2-4). The Hawks are 4-6 on the season and sit at eighth in the Eastern Conference, but they won their last game leading into tonight’s matchup.
The Phoenix Suns look like a completely new team under Monty Williams. They are in eighth place in the Western Conference with a 6-4 record and have a 4-3 record at home.
The Hawks and Suns are two of the more exciting young teams in the NBA, and while they might not be contenders in the next two years are so, they are definitely starting to look like the future of the league.
Time: 9 PM ET
Arena: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Channel: FSSE-ATL, FSA
Hawks: Allen Crabbe, Evan Turner, Vince Carter, Kevin Huerter (O), DeAndre’ Bembry (P), Chandler Parsons (Q)
Suns: Ty Jerome (O)
Atlanta Hawks Starting Lineup
The Hawks have registered some big wins lately against the likes of the San Antonio Spurs, and most recently, a 125-121 win over the Denver Nuggets. They’ve also had their share of tough losses against teams they should probably have beat but finding that consistency while they search for their identity has been the one thing that has challenged them this season.
But through it all, Trae Young has been there trying to lead his young team as one of the younger players on the roster.
“I’m just trying to do whatever it takes,” Young said. “Whether it’s scoring, whether it’s getting everybody involved. Just trying to do whatever it takes to put my team in the best position to win.”
In their win over the Nuggets, Young did exactly that, with 42 points and 11 assists to lead the Hawks. Jabari Parker, who has had to step in with John Collins serving a suspension, stepped up with 20 points and nine rebounds. Alex Len also contributed 17 points in just 22 minutes off the bench.
Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup
The Suns had a huge blowout win against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday 138-112, as they limited all but one starter, Kyrie Irving, to single digits, while every Suns starter and two members of the second unit scored in double figures.
Aside from making some key offseason changes, hiring head coach Monty Williams has been a huge difference-maker for the Suns, and Williams says he encourages his players to take their shots regardless of if they fall.
“I told our guys to play free,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “I tell our guys if they have worked on a shot, shoot it. The last thing I want is guys thinking about a shot. If you’ve worked on it and it is an efficient shot for you, take the shot. We want our guys playing with confidence.”
While the Suns’ players well against the Nets, they learned on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Lakers are a different beast entirely. While the Suns were able to keep pace through most of the game, they still lost the game 123-115.
That still has to be an encouraging sign for the Suns, who were led in the game by their backcourt duo of Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio, who each had a double-double.
Key Player Matchups
Trae Young vs. Ricky Rubio
Young has been on fire lately and he’s not afraid to unleash his flamethrower of a jumper from well beyond the three-point line. He’s also able to penetrate if players try to guard just for the perimeter jumper. He’s looking like an early MIP candidate with averages of 28 points and 8.7 assists per game. Rubio may not have the numbers Young has, but he’s seeing a nice career resurgence in Phoenix.
Kevin Huerter vs. Devin Booker
Huerter is often the beneficiary of open looks that come from Young’s penetration. He’s knocking down 38.6 percent of his three-pointers. Booker seems to be enjoying the level of talent around him and it’s showing on the floor as he’s averaging 25 points per game. His shooting percentages are also off the charts.
Trae Young and Devin Booker are your stud picks for this matchup. Young is available for $9.6k on FanDuel with a projection of 46.95 points. Booker is just $8.1k with a 44.8 point projection. Jabari Parker is a nice value for $7.2k and a projection of 36.67 points.
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