Brooklyn Nets vs. Phoenix Suns Matchup Preview (2/1/22)
The Phoenix Suns will attempt to extend their ten-game winning streak to 11 games when they host the Brooklyn Nets at home on Tuesday night. Brooklyn will again be without the services of elite forward Kevin Durant, who sprained his MCL two weeks ago. The Nets will likely keep him out until after the All-Star break ends, perhaps even longer than that. Additionally, James Harden has been listed as questionable due to a hand injury, so Kyrie Irving may have to shoulder most of the offensive workload along with veteran Patty Mills. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have been on fire in the past month despite missing Deandre Ayton for most of their ten-game win streak. Devin Booker has played like an MVP during that stretch, averaging over 30 points, six rebounds, and four assists. While some believe it may be too late for Devin Booker to make an MVP push, he could very well still be in the conversation in a few months if Phoenix keeps winning as it has been. It all starts with games like this. Take a look below to see more game-specific betting information and my opinion on who will win this matchup!
Brooklyn Nets vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds
Anytime a team like the Phoenix Suns goes on a huge winning streak, the question that comes to everyone’s mind is, “When will it end?” Bettors can begin to have negative, intrusive, and unproductive thoughts about whether a team is “due” to lose or not and can sometimes talk themselves out of obvious games. In this particular game, I don’t see the Brooklyn Nets and their awful defense coming into Phoenix and beating the best team in basketball. If Harden does play, my confidence level goes down a bit, but I still believe the Suns will win. If he is unable to play, then it should be obvious that the Phoenix Suns will keep their winning streak alive. I’m taking Phoenix ATS.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Footprint Center – Phoenix, AZ
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Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup
Brooklyn Nets Analysis
It’s another away game for the Brooklyn Nets, which means it’s another game we get to watch the dribbling wizard, Kyrie Irving, play basketball. Irving has been phenomenal in his short period playing this season, averaging close to 29 points, six assists, and five rebounds on a 51/39/95 shooting split in his past five games. This is legendary efficiency that some of the all-time great shooters strive for, and Kyrie has been flirting with a 50/40/90 split average over his past six seasons. Unfortunately for the Nets, Kevin Durant, who sprained his MCL a couple of weeks ago, will be out. They also may be without James Harden due to a hand injury. Harden has been listed as questionable, so hang on and await further news before betting on this game. Either way, the Nets have struggled in the past month defensively, ranking in the bottom five in defensive rating, so curb your expectations of this team against an elite Phoenix Sus squad.
Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup
Phoenix Suns Analysis
Don’t look now, but the Phoenix Suns are red-hot once again. For the second time this season, Phoenix has amassed a double-digit winning streak, this time rattling off ten straight wins, including six road games. The Suns have not lost a game since early January when the Miami Heat got the best of them at the Footprint Center. Surprisingly, star center Deandre Ayton has not played in the past seven games, proving the Suns have a winning culture and “next man up” mentality. While Ayton’s numbers and production may be somewhat replaceable at times, it is still a significant downgrade to stick Bismack Biyombo into the lineup. Still, the Suns seem virtually unbeatable, especially at home, where they have gone 21-5 this season.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Phoenix Suns Daily Fantasy Picks
The emergence of Devin Booker as a darkhorse MVP candidate has been quite interesting. And you could make an argument that it started after the Raptor mascot incident that sent the internet into a frenzy. Since then, Booker has been on a tear, averaging close to 32 points, six rebounds, and four assists while also coming up with one steal per game. The Suns have also not lost during that time. It has been an unbelievable second half of the season for Booker, and there is still plenty of basketball left to be played. If they keep winning, don’t rule out Booker slipping in and winning an MVP. As far as DFS goes, Booker has been winning many people a lot of money, so keep an eye on particular matchups, like this one, and pull the trigger. The Nets’ defense has been pathetic the past six weeks, and this Suns offense is all-world right now. We could see another Booker 40+ point game in this game.
If James Harden cannot play in this game, then Kyrie Irving is the obvious choice for a DFS player from the Brooklyn Nets. Irving has been fantastic in his eight games this season for the Nets, all of which have been road games due to the state of New York’s vaccine mandate. Irving’s past five games, in particular, have been phenomenal. He has averaged around 29 points, six assists, and five rebounds on incredible efficiency from the floor in that span. Obviously, if the Nets don’t have Harden, his usage will be pretty high; they won’t have any true scorers on the floor, Irving. Consider plugging Kyrie into your lineup for this bout, and keep an eye on Harden’s injury status before making any decisions.