After a nice four-day rest the Suns will face the Golden State Warriors and try to improve their road-record to eight wins. The Suns won games on the road in Los Angeles and Denver in the month of December. If the Suns can win-out the remainder of the games in December, the Suns will have gone 10-1 in the month of December; their best month since the beginning of the season.
The 17-13 Suns visit the 17-10 Golden State Warriors Friday night in what will be the third matchup between the two teams. In the last meeting the Suns were able to hold on to the win after the Warriors made it a close contest in the fourth quarter. The Suns jumped out to big leads all game; they led by as much as 13 points and although the Warriors backcourt-duo of Curry and Thompson combined for 49 points the Suns were able to limit their own turnovers to hold on to the win.
Dragic/Bledsoe versus Curry/Thompson. Curry and Thompson combined for 49 of the teams 102 points in the last matchup and will need the same output to keep the game close. For the Suns, Dragic and Bledsoe will need to continue shooting the way they have been lately; especially from behind the arc. In the last meeting Dragic and Bledsoe went 6-9 from 3-point-land, with Dragic going a perfect 4-4.
Turnovers. The last time these two teams met the game was close. The Suns and Warriors shot 44.3 and 42.5 percent from the field respectively, which led to a close game. But the most glaring difference was the turnover margin. The Warriors turned the ball over 20 times while the Suns limited their mistakes to just 12 for the game. If the Suns can manage to hold on to the ball while forcing Curry and the Warriors to turn the ball over the Suns will come out on top.
What the Suns offense needs to look for:
Push the ball. The Suns own backcourt-duo will need to attack the basket to win against a team known for its own stellar guards. Bledsoe and Dragic will be the key to tonight’s offensive game.
What the Suns defense needs to look out for:
Andre Iguodala. Iguodala missed the last meeting between the two teams with a strained left hamstring but will be in the starting lineup for Friday night’s matchup. Iguodala can be a terror for anyone who has to guard him and P.J Tucker will have quite the task. Iguodala is averaging 11.1 points per game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field. Iguodala will be the key to the Warriors win.
Golden State Warriors sleeper to have a good game:
Not exactly a sleeper because of his pedigree but Andrew Bogut had a paltry nine points and four turnovers in the last meeting against the Suns. Bogut can get into a rhythm quick and can cause problems for the Suns inside the paint. If he gets into a groove, look for him to be a big contributor Friday night.
Prediction: The Suns come out refreshed after a long four-day rest. They win another close game 107-102.