Suns Look to Get Back in the Win Column Against Lowly Bucks

 

Jan 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) shoots a free throw against the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half at US Airways Center. The Grizzlies won 99-91. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns lost a winnable game against Memphis, but there’s no remedy to get back in the win column like playing the 7-25 Milwaukee Bucks at home.

While the Bucks have won over half their games on the road, they haven’t beaten a team with a winning record. They’ve beaten six bad Eastern Conference teams and the Los Angeles Lakers. This should be a good matchup for the Suns, especially with John Henson out due to injury.

Stat of the Day:

The Phoenix Suns have only played 6 Eastern Conference opponents, one of which was the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. Suns are 19-12. Phoenix should rise in the West standings as they play more teams from the “Leastern Conference” the next few months.

Key Matchup:

Goran Dragic versus Brandon Knight. Knight dropped 37 points on the Lakers Tuesday, while Dragic recently had his career-high 33 in the loss against Memphis. Dragic needs to (and probably will) outplay Knight if the Suns are to win the game.

What the Suns offense needs to focus on:

Keep the ball moving without Bledsoe. He’s out for at least a week, but the Suns need to continue winning during this “easy” stretch, if they want to stay alive in the playoff hunt. Without the other playmaker in Bledsoe, more pressure will be placed on Dragic to create for his teammates. Someone is going to have to step up and take the scoring load.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

Don’t give the Bucks easy baskets and you’ll win the game. Milwaukee is second-worst in the league in scoring, averaging only 92.5 points per game. If the Suns pressure and don’t give up easy baskets, they should win the game handily.

Prediction:

Suns win easily by a score of 111-97.

Topics: Basketball, Brandon Knight, John Henson, NBA, Phoenix Suns

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