Mondays Palmerbet NBA Tips & Preview heads to Arizona where the Phoenix Suns welcome the Charlotte Hornets. With a single over time win in their last 7, can the Suns break their post Christmas curse?
12:00 (AEDT), Mon 7th Jan @ Talking Stick Resort Arena, Phoenix
History: Played 56: Hornets 22 V Suns 34
Last meeting: March 11, 2018: Hornets 122 d Suns 115 at Spectrum Centre, Charlotte.
Final Thoughts: The Suns are having the year from hell. Absolutely cemented to the bottom of the Western Conference table with just 9 wins from 40 games, they remain another 9 games below the next worse. Its a worry when one of your highlights for the year was a pre-season win against the New Zealand Breakers!
The Charlotte Hornets meanwhile are sitting 6th in the Eastern Conference, mixing it with the likes of the Celtics, Pacers and co for a playoff spot. They really need this one to stay in touch as they are two games shy of the next team. Doubling this pressure is their next five are all against teams above them on the standings.
The Suns are the Devin Booker show. The year old shooting guard averages over 25 points and 7 assists per game.He has the highest offensive +- rating of ANY Shooting Guard including Jimmy Butler and DeMar DeRozan. He just can’t defend as his -2.06 +- rating shows. What we’d like to see, is more minutes given to Power Forward, Richaun Holmes. His defensive +- is out ranking some of the best, including superstars Blake Griffin and Aaron Gordon. He’s only averaging 15 minutes on court and has started only 1 game.
There’s no doubt that the Hornets are the superior team. There’s also little benefit for the Suns to start winning. The Hornets have them covered in all the important stats: Points For (+6.7), Points Against (-3.3), Total Rebounds (+3), as well as better shooting accuracy. The Hornets are 1 from 8 against teams from the West. By 3pm, they should be 2-8.
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