Phoenix Suns moves on without Durant

Phoenix Suns moves on without Durant

Phoenix Suns remains optimistic as they meet the Milwaukee Bucks even without their big man, Kevin Durant. This is unfortunate as playing in this game could have been easier for them as they have someone to defend Antetokounmpo. Durant’s absence is seen as an advantage for the Bucks since there is no big man who can defend their star. This meeting will be the second and the final meeting of these two teams in the regular season this season. Additionally, this is also a back-to-back game for both teams. It will be the Suns hosting this game on March 15, 2023, at 10:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams are from different results coming into this game. The hosts lost against the Warriors in a 123-112 defeat. Meanwhile, the visitors are coming from a victory against the Kings in a 133-124 win. Additionally, they are from different conferences with the host at the West, and the visitors are from the East. The hosts are currently at the fourth of the Western Conference with 37 wins from their 68 games. 22 of those 37 wins happened at home, where they can gain confidence from. On the other hand, the visitors are currently the first in the East with 49 wins. 21 of those wins are on the road, so they are confident coming into this game despite playing away from home.

Phoenix Suns

NBA: Phoenix Suns

The Suns have been unfortunate as they have yet to take advantage of having Kevin Durant in their squad. They are now with a two-game losing streak, losing against the Kings and the Warriors. With that, they are hopeful to end their losing streak in this match, for them to avoid dropping in the standings. Before their loss against the Kings, they are actually in a four-game winning streak. Unfortunately, they were not able to extend their streak, which could have been huge for them. Luckily for them, they are still five games ahead of the LA Clippers, who is at the fifth spot. They are taking care of their business from beyond the arc, shooting over 37.8%. Moreover, they are also doing well in the free-throws, shooting 79.2% in that area. Offensively, they are at the 19th with 113.4 points per game, and the fourth in defense, having 111.2 points per game.

Devin Booker continues to lead the Suns with 27.8 points per game. However, it is just unfortunate that Kevin Durant is unavailable in this game due to an ankle injury. Landry Shamet as well will be not available in this game, following his foot injury.

Milwaukee Bucks

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks
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The Bucks are more confident coming into this match as they are from a win in their previous game. This squad wants to add more wins across their names, in preparation for the upcoming playoffs. Unlike their opponents, they are in a much safer spot in the standings, as they are at the top of their conference standings. They have to be as excellent as they were during their long winning streak as the playoffs draw near. During their loss against the Warriors, it was unfortunate that they loss, ending their three-game winning streak. However, they were able to bounce back against the Kings, and are now looking for another winning streak in this match. The Bucks are shooting over 36.7% in the three-point line, a fairly impressive shooting for them. Meanwhile, it is the opposite for their free-throw shooting as they failed to take advantage of that area, shooting just 74.6%. They are the ninth in offense with 116.1 points per game, and sixth in defense, allowing 112.1 points per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to lead the Bucks with 31.5 points per game. However, it is unfortunate that they will be without Joe Ingles, who is still nursing his knee injury.

Prediction:

Milwaukee Bucks
Total Under: 117.5
Odds: 0.89

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