Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns 2/8/19: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds
Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns Preview
The Phoenix Suns are streaking, and it’s not through the quad and it’s not in the right direction. They’ll be home tonight with an opportunity to end two losing streaks, their 12-game skid and their head-to-head 17-game losing streak to the Golden State Warriors, who they host at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Suns are11-45 on the season, dead last in the Western Conference, while the Warriors currently lead the conference with a 38-15 record, 1.5 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets. The Warriors have won their last two and are 9-1 in their last 10.
In their last matchup, the Warriors had no problems dispatching of the Suns 132-109 on December 31. Stephen Curry led the Dubs with 34 points and nine rebounds, while rookie center DeAndre Ayton had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns. The Suns have the 2-0 regular season series lead, with the Warriors also winning 123-103 back in late October.
Time: 9:00pm ET
Arena: Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix, AZ
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Aside from a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Golden State Warriors have been on a hot streak as of late, and they’ll hope to continue their winning ways on the road in Phoenix tonight.
In their last game, the Warriors blasted the undermanned San Antonio Spurs 141-102. While the Spurs hung around for a quarter and a half with LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan sitting out, it was only a matter of time before the Warriors would take over. A 49-point third quarter cemented it and then Golden State ratcheted up the defense, limiting San Antonio to 19 fourth-quarter points to secure the win.
With the game put away early, none of the Warriors had to play heavy minutes, so they should be well-rested for tonight’s game. Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring with 26 points and Kevin Durant had 23 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds in just 29 minutes. DeMarcus Cousins, who has been limited to around 25 minutes per game, played just 17 on Wednesday night, but still left his impact with 15 points and six rebounds.
The Warriors have been one of the better road teams in the NBA this season and have won their last 10 road games with a chance to extend that to 11 tonight.
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Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup
The Phoenix Suns will be looking a bit different tonight as they made a trade deadline deal acquiring guard Tyler Johnson from Miami in exchange for Ryan Anderson. The Suns are no doubt better after this trade as they get a regular rotation player capable of putting up big numbers for a little-used forward.
In their last game, the Suns lost by 28 points to the 31-24 Utah Jazz. In the game, Suns forward Josh Jackson had another big game. Jackson, who many were calling a bust, has been on a tear as of late, reaching double digits in scoring in nine of his last 10 games. Against the Jazz, he finished with 27 points, seven assists, and five steals.
Devin Booker, who sat out against the Jazz, is questionable tonight. If he plays, Suns fans could get a nice look at what the Johnson/Booker lineup could mean for the Suns moving forward. Johnson can play both guard positions and has the skillset to be a distributor or a scorer if he needs to step in for Booker or play alongside him.
Suns rookie center DeAndre Ayton had his best game since returning to the court for the Suns recently. He finished the game with 20 points and nine rebounds, but he’ll have his hands full with Cousins tonight.
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Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns Betting Odds
To no surprise, the Warriors are huge 15.5 betting favorites tonight on the road. Golden State is 18-8 away from Oracle Arena this season and 37-11 as the favorite. Phoenix is 7-21 at home and 10-42 as the underdog.
The over/under is 232 points. Against the spread, the Warriors are 23-14-16 and the Suns are 23-16-17.
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