Phoenix Suns make a move

Phoenix Suns make a move

The Phoenix Suns lock horns with the Brooklyn Nets with goal to finally improve their record in the NBA. Suns are lucky because they are slowly gaining their rhythm back, after a slump this season. With that, they are hoping to finally continue their momentum, to earn success in the contest. The Nets on the other hand is expected to have a major change on their team, following the trade of Kyrie Irving. This trade is just unfortunate as it happened in the middle of a good run by the Nets. After all, Irving is one of the most important players in the success of the Nets. These two teams last met each other in January 19, where the Suns were able to defeat the Nets. They will meet on February 8, 2023, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), where the Nets host this game.

These two teams are both coming from a win, with the hosts winning against the Clippers, while the visitors won over the Pistons. Those wins helped them to improve their records in their respective conferences. Currently, the hosts are at the fifth of the Eastern Conference, winning 32 of their 53 games. From those 32 wins, 16 of those were from their 25 home games, which means they are doing well in that area. As for the visitors, they are currently at the sixth of the league table, with 29 wins. In those 29 wins, 10 of those are from their 27 road games, showing that they are struggling on the road. Nonetheless, these two teams are still on a run of a better campaign this season.

Phoenix Suns

NBA: Phoenix Suns
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The Suns are not as explosive as many expected them to be this season, which is not surprising. Now, as they are finally have the run they need to improve their campaign, they are looking to take advantage of this opportunity. Suns are from a two-game winning streak, defeating the Celtics and the Pistons, improving their record. These two wins are enough to bring confidence for the Suns, as they go against a powerhouse Nets squad. On their last game against the Pistons, they controlled the game, leading from the opening to the closing quarter. All thanks to their strong first quarter, they were able to upset their opponent. This team actually won eight of their last 10 games, playing their best basketball this season. They are the 22nd in offense with 112.6 points per game, and fifth in defense allowing 111.3 points per game.

Devin Booker is finally nearing his return, after being absent for months due to his injury. His return is a huge boost for the Suns, as he leads them in scoring with 27.1 points per game. Crowder, Shamet, and Payne all remains to be out for this game.

Brooklyn Nets

NBA: Brooklyn Nets
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The Nets shocked the world with their recent news, trading Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks. This trade is just sad for the fans, as the experiment of Durant and Irving did not worked out the way they expected it. It is just unfortunate that during the time when the duo of Durant and Irving seems to be clicking, Irving got traded. They both led the Nets on a miraculous run, which could have helped them in winning a trophy. Luckily for the Nets, they still have Durant and Simons, who can still do miracles for the Nets. Even without Irving, this squad was able to pull of a win against the Pistons, with their bench players stepping up. They were able to overcome the deficit of their opponent to win that match. In the offense, they are the 16th with 114.4 points per game, and the ninth in defense, allowing 112.3 points per game.

Kevin Durant leads the Nets with 29.7 points per game, but the bad news is that he is still out due to his knee injury. Simons, who is expected to lead the Nets is expected to play in this game.

Prediction:

Phoenix Suns
Total Under: 115.5
Odds: 0.92

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