The Phoenix Suns continue their trip in Florida with a stop in Orlando. The Suns are on a back-to-back after a textbook 110-102 win over the Miami Heat last night. That’s about how the Suns drew that game up before hitting the court, and they executed the game plan to win and cover the two points.
It’s a good win over a Heat team that can play solid basketball. With the win, the Suns advanced to 29-13 on the season to remain two games behind the Utah Jazz for the lead in the Western Conference. The Jazz took care of business with an easy double-digit win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Phoenix was able to respond to stay within reach of the Jazz.
The Lakers are slowly falling out of contention in the Western Conference, as they deal with injuries to Anthony Davis and Lebron James at the same time. If the Lakers finish sixth in the West, I would not want to be the No. 3 team that gets rewarded for going top-3 in the conference having to play for the Lakers.
Let’s assume that they’re healthy going into the playoffs. The Lakers could very easily fall to the No. 6 seed if the injury situation doesn’t improve in the regular season. A healthy Lakers team is certainly one of the most dangerous in the league. The media should have been giving the Suns more credit earlier in the season. It’s never too late.
Devin Booker, along with Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz, don’t get the respect they deserve. More talk about Booker and Mitchell from the media, and less talk about what Lebron is eating today. Booker goes into Wednesday with 25.1 points and 4.6 assists per game. The 24-year-old from Grand Rapids, Michigan would gain a lot more respect from the public if he can beat the Lakers or Clippers in the postseason.
The rise in the West can be attributed to the Suns’ defense. Booker was the first piece in place, but the Suns needed to work on their defense to become a contender. Over the last two years, they’ve steadily improved after struggling for years.
It’s all come together for the Suns this season, and they’ve developed from a mid-tier Western Conference team to a team to watch. Both teams are coming off a back-to-back, so they’re on even terms in that regard. The Magic were 110-99 losers against the Nuggets a night ago. Head below for our free Suns vs. Magic pick on March 24, 2021.
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If the Suns stay the course, they should be in good shape tonight against the Magic. Their much improved defense should serve them well at the Anway Center against a leaky Magic offense. Aaron Gordon wants out of Orlando and for good reason. His frustration has come to a breaking point and he’d like to continue his career elsewhere.
The Magic need offense, but without Gordon in the lineup, they’re severely undermanned. They’ve scored an average of just 104.4 points per game this season for 29th in the NBA. It’s difficult to get into a groove as a team when you’re shooting only 43.1% from the field, which is 30th. In their last five outings, the Magic have netted just 101.2 points per game.
The Suns are one of the best teams at limiting three-point shooters from deep, as opponents are connecting at a weak clip of 34.4%. They are one of the best in the league at defending the three ball at second in the NBA. Overall through this season, the Suns are third in the league with 107.3 points conceded per game.
With just one win in 12 games, the Houston Rockets have been the only team in worst form recently. Along with Gordon wanting off this sinking ship in Orlando, the Magic have been dealing with injuries as of late. Terrence Ross missed last night against the Nuggets, and is listed as questionable to play against the Suns tonight.
Phoenix has had no problems going on the road and satisfying their backers. In their last seven trips on the road as a favorite, they’ve covered every game, and they’re 5-1 ATS in their last six versus teams with a losing record. And if you’re concerned about the back-to-back, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem for them. The Suns are 5-0 ATS in their previous five games with no rest. If the Suns are motivated to play tonight, they should clear the Magic by at least eight points.