The Phoenix Suns are hoping to snap a three-game losing streak. On Monday, they travel to Charlotte who's coming off a tough loss.
The Hornets had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Milwaukee Bucks 137-96. On Monday, they host the Suns in the Spectrum Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST and it airs on both Fox Sports Arizona and Fox Sports Carolina.
The Suns need a defensive transformation
One of the reasons why Phoenix lost three straight is they haven't been able to keep pace with their opponents. The Suns have allowed opponents to score 116, 140, and 120 during this stretch.
Monday's match-up favors Phoenix to change tendency. The Hornets, unlike the Washington Wizards or the Dallas Mavericks, won't run many teams out of the building with their offense. In their latest loss to the red-hot Bucks, Charlotte shot 36%.
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Meanwhile, one way the Suns might generate another dimension with their offense is through bench production. On Saturday, they recalled Ty Jerome, who's been playing well with their G League team. In his latest game, he scored 18 points in 19 minutes of play.
Another player to watch is Devin Booker. Booker has shown an inability to attack the basket consistently, instead opting to pass the ball. He needs to show more aggression against a Hornets' defense that was exposed in their last contest.
Charlotte hoping to reboundThe Hornets ran into a buzz saw when they played one of the best teams in basketball with one of the best players in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Still, even with playing a higher level of competition, Charlotte must show it can play better on the defensive end.
They allowed nine players from the Bucks to score in double figures. On Monday, they're facing one of the most potent offenses in the NBA led by Booker and Ricky Rubio, who does an excellent job creating plays.
Offensively, the Hornets have a great opportunity to bounce back at home. The Suns have been in a slump, losing three straight in large part due to their defensive breakdowns. Look for the Hornets' guard duo of Devonte' Graham and Terry Rozier to test these weaknesses.
Trends found on Covers.com Charlotte is:
- 2-6 in their last 8 Monday games
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against opponents with a winning record of .400 or less