The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim as the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks both look to get back in the winner’s circle.
13:00 (AEDT), Sat 30th Nov @ Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
History: Played 170: Suns 91 V Mavericks 79
Last meeting: April 9, 2019: Mavericks 120 d Suns 109 at American Airlines Center
Final Thoughts: Two sides batting above their average so far this season meet in an intriguing Western Conference match-up.
The 8-9 Suns – bottom of the West last season – currently sit eighth. But they have hit the skids recently with five losses in their last six games.
Ricky Rubio returned from injury in their 140-132 Thanksgiving eve loss to the Wizards, but Aussie Aron Baynes remains sidelined. Devin Booker remains Phoenix’s offensive spearhead, averaging 24.9 points and 6.2 assists.
The 11-6 Mavericks are fifth in the West. But after five straight wins culminated in a statement victory in Houston, they were given a reality check via a 114-99 home loss to the Clippers midweek.
Luka Doncic, the NBA’s new darling, had arguably his poorest outing of a stellar campaign to date. The second-year sensation averages 30.1 points, 10 rebounds and 9.5 assists on the season.
The Suns are an underwhelming 5-6 at home after going down in their last three at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Mavs are 5-2 on the road.
All four clashes last season went the way of the home team and were decided by 10-plus margins. The Suns have won six of their last eight against the Mavericks in Phoenix, including the last four straight.
Dallas boasts the best offensive rating in the league. That spells danger for a Phoenix side who – while being a potent scoring unit themselves – have leaked 120-plus points in five of their last 10 games.
Get down on the value in the visiting Mavericks in this one.
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