A pair of Western Conference also-rans take the floor in the Lone Star State. The Phoenix Suns are on the road as they make the trip to face the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night. Phoenix was clobbered 149-113 on the road by the Rockets Sunday in their last contest. Dallas split a home and home set with Memphis as they earned a 129-127 overtime win on the road Sunday night in their previous game. The Suns lead the all-time regular season series 85-72 and have taken two of three meetings this season. In the most recent matchup, it was the Mavericks taking a 104-94 home win on January 9.
Phoenix was pasted on the road by Houston in a game where they gave up an NBA-record 27 three-pointers Sunday. The Suns, who own the worst record in the Western Conference, close out their season in this one. Phoenix was down 10 after the opening quarter and 30 at the half: you could turn the lights out at that point. The Suns shot 46.2 percent from the field, including 11 of 34 from three-point range, and allowed Houston to shoot 53 percent from the floor. Jamal Crawford led Phoenix with 27 points off the bench in the loss.
The Suns are 23rd in the league in scoring with an average of 107.5 points per game. The Suns are 30thon the glass by collecting 40.4 boards per game. Phoenix stands 20th in the league in assists with 23.9 per contest. Phoenix is 27th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 116.8 points a night. The Suns are 16th in the league in field goal percentage at 45.9 percent so far. The Suns are 28th in three pointers per game with 9.6 per contest. Phoenix is 30th in three-point percentage as they splash 32.9 percent of their chances from long range. The Suns are 2-8 in their last 10 games, ranking 23rd in scoring offense with 109.5 points a game and 28th in scoring defense by allowing 122.1 points a night. Phoenix is tied for 25th in field goal percentage defense (48.8 percent) and 30th in three-point field goal percentage defense (41.2 percent) while ranking 24th in three-point shooting (32.8 percent) in that stretch. Devin Booker leads the way with 34.1 points plus 6.5 assists per game in the last 10 games. Deandre Ayton has been solid of late, averaging 17.3 points plus 10.2 rebounds a night while shooting 61.8 percent from the field in their last 10 games.
Dallas Mavericks Hoping to Finish Strong
Dallas snapped a two-game losing skid and picked up a rare road win to earn a split of their home and home set with Memphis. The Mavericks have been eliminated from playoff contention as they enter this one tied for 13th in the Western Conference. Dallas was down two after the opening quarter, by four at the half and by five after three quarters before rallying to force overtime. The Mavericks opened overtime with a 7-0 run and managed to hold on down the stretch to get the victory. Dallas shot 45.9 percent from the field, including 12 of 41 from three-point range, and committed just six turnovers in the contest. Trey Burke led the Mavericks with 24 points in the win.
The Mavericks have been below average on the offensive end of the floor this season. Dallas is 21st in the league in scoring with 108.9 points per game. The Mavericks are 16th in rebounding with 45.1 boards per contest and are 22nd in the league with 23.3 assists per game. Dallas is above average on the defensive end, ranking 13th in scoring defense by allowing 110.2 points per game. Dallas is 26th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.7 percent as a team. The Mavericks are 7th in threes with 12.4 per game but are tied for 25th in three-point shooting by hitting 34 percent from beyond the arc. Dallas is 4-6 in their last 10 games as things just haven’t gone their way. Dallas is 14th in scoring offense during that stretch at 114.1 points per game and tied for 19th in field goal percentage at 45.4 percent. Luka Doncic continues to shine in his rookie season: he has put up 22.3 points with 9.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists in the last 10 games. He’s shooting 40.7 percent from the floor and a miserable 23.5 percent from three-point range in that span. Jalen Brunson, another rookie, is contributing of late with 13 points plus 4.6 assists per game: he’s shooting 50 percent from the floor and 30 percent from beyond the arc in that stretch.
- Mavericks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
- Suns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games
- Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference
- Suns are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game