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Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns Prediction & Preview

#517 Phoenix Suns
Suns 2.5
#518 Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies -2.5
Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 6:05pm
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Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies
NBA: Sunday, January 26, FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, 6:00 PM ET
The Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies will close down their four-game regular-season series at FedExForum in Memphis on Sunday night. The Grizzlies lead the series 2-1 after beating the Suns twice in Phoenix (115-108 and 121-114) and losing 114-105 in Memphis.
The Suns have won five of their last eight games overall and are undefeated in three straight outings on the road. On the other side, the Grizzlies have won eight of their previous ten contests overall. Memphis sits at the eighth spot of the Western Conference standings, two games ahead of Phoenix.

The Suns toppled the Spurs to snap a two-game skid

After two straight losses to San Antonio 120-118 and Indiana 112-87 at home, the Suns outlasted the Spurs 103-99 as 5-point road underdogs this past Friday. It was their first win in San Antonio since 2013. Devin Booker had a big night, accounting for 35 points and 10 assists. He shot 11-for-20 from the field and 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. Dario Saric had 20 points and four rebounds, while Kelly Oubre Jr. added 16 points, nine boards, and three blocks.
"I said it at the end of the third to start the fourth: ‘We're not leaving here without a victory,'" Booker said. "We wanted this one bad."
Devin Booker leads the way for the Suns, averaging 26.7 points and 6.4 assists per game while making 50.9% of his field goals. Over his last ten outings, Booker has been tallying 30.5 points per contest on 53.0% shooting. He’s improved his shot selection a lot, and Booker is obviously desperate to make it to the postseason for the first time in his career. The Suns are without Frank Kaminsky (knee) and Aron Baynes (hip), so Deandre Ayton (17.1 PPG, 11.9 RPG) will get all the minutes he can handle. Phoenix scores 109.9 points per 100 possessions (16th in the league) on 46.2% shooting from the field (14th), surrendering 110.9 points in a return (18th) on 47.2% shooting from the field (25th).

The Grizzlies’ furious finish got them a win in Detroit

Memphis is coming off a 125-112 victory at the Detroit Pistons this past Friday. The Grizzlies had a 105-104 lead with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, and they were outstanding down the stretch. The Pistons failed to score in the last 1:48 of the game. The Grizzlies shot terrific 54.4% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while handing out 27 assists. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 29 points on 10-for-14 shooting, while Ja Morant double-doubled with 16 points and 12 assists. Dillon Brooks also had a good game, accounting for 27 points while making all his nine free throws. The Grizzlies shot 28-for-31 from the free-throw line.
"It shows our aggression, getting downhill and getting fouled," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. "Guys play the right way, we get the efficient shots, we get open shots, it usually leads to high percentages for us."
The Grizzlies are doing a great job offensively. They score 109.8 points per 100 possessions (18th in the league) on 47.1% shooting from the field (tied-7th) and 35.9% from beyond the arc (13th). Also, the Grizzlies are leading the league in assists per game (27.9). On the other side, they allow 112.3 points per 100 possessions (21st) on 46.2% shooting from the field (17th). Ja Morant (17.4 PPG, 7.1 APG) is a runaway favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award, while Jaren Jackson Jr. (18.0 PPG, 48.2 FG%) is the teams’ leading scorer in his second NBA season.

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