The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim with tips for a clash between the regrouping Golden State Warriors and in-form Phoenix Suns.
13.30 (AEDT), Thu 31st Oct @ Chase Center, San Francisco
History: Played 259: Suns 149 V Warriors 110
Last meeting: March 10, 2019: Suns 115 d Warriors 111 at Oracle Arena
Final Thoughts: The Golden State Warriors are looking to make it two wins in a row when they host early overachievers the Phoenix Suns.
After five straight trips to the NBA Finals, the Warriors copped it from all angles following heavy losses to the Clippers (141-122) and Thunder (120-92). But they responded with a 134-123 road win over the Pelicans two days ago.
Steph Curry (26 pts, 11 ast) and D’Angelo Russell (24 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast) were superb, while Draymond Green racked up a powerful triple-double. Klay Thompson and Kevin Looney remain sidelined for Golden State.
The 2-2 Suns have carved out impressive wins over the Kings and Clippers, while only going down narrowly to the Nuggets (OT) and Jazz.
Devin Booker is averaging 22.8 points and 6.2 assists. Meanwhile, recruit Ricky Rubio is proving his worth with 8 rebounds and 9.3 assists a night. But Deandre Ayton’s 25-game suspension for using a diuretic is a blow to their depth.
The Suns ended an eye-watering 18-game losing streak at the hands of the Warriors with a 115-111 away victory late last season. Devin Booker went off for 37 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists against the full-strength champs.
It’s a performance on the road they will be looking to draw upon. They finished with a 7-34 away record last season and have lost their only road game so far this year. The Warriors are chasing their first victory at their new digs, Chase Center.
The Suns are 4-0 against the start this season. But with a modest 5-point line in a game the Warriors should win, the margins might be the better way to go. Lean towards the over in totals betting – a traditionally profitable play in Golden State home games.
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