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2021-01-14
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Phoenix Suns vs Atlanta Hawks Prediction & Preview



 

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The Phoenix Suns (7-4) kick off a three game home stand when the Atlanta Hawks (5-5) come to PHX Arena tonight. The Suns wrapped up a 2-1 east coast road trip with a loss to shorthanded Washington 128-107. Phoenix shot just 14.8% from beyond the arc. Devin Booker led the Suns with 33 points, while Chris Paul (11 assists) and Mikal Bridges scored 14 points apiece.

Atlanta broke their four game losing streak with a 112-94 win over the 76ers last week. The Hawks built a 65-50 halftime lead, and then started the second half on a 15-2 run that stretched the lead to 28 points. Trae Young scored 26 points in just three quarters of play, while De’Andre Hunter and Brandon Goodwin each had 15 points in the win.

The Hawks will be without Rajon Rondo and Bogdan Bogdanovich. Bogdanovich is out indefinitely with an avulsion fracture of the knee. For Phoenix, Jalen Smith is out due to health and safety protocol.

 

Hawks Look to Start Road Swing With a Win

The Atlanta Hawks start a three game west coast swing tonight in Phoenix, and are looking to build off their win against Philadelphia, which snapped a four game losing streak. The injuries to Rondo and Bogdanovich seems to have taken some of the wind out of the Hawk’s sails, who won four of their first five games of the season. The good news is that the Hawks seem to have made some adjustments, and Rondo may be back by the end of the week.

 

Leading the way for Atlanta is Trae Young, who averages 24.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, and 8.5 apg. De’Andre Hunter has connected on 43.5% of his three point attempts this season, helping him average 16.3 ppg. Clint Capela has averaged a double-double, scoring 10.0 ppg while pulling down 12.3 rpg.

 

Offensively, the Hawks are 23rd in the NBA in effective field goal percent (51.5%), 9th in turnover percent (12.4%), 1st in offensive rebounding percent (26.4%), and 1st in free throws per field goal attempts (.237). Defensively, Atlanta is 3rd in opponents effective field goal percent (50.2%), 29th in opponent turnover percent (11.0%), 18th in defensive rebounding percent (78.5%), and 14th in opponents free throws per field goal attempts (.220).

 

Suns Look To Regain Their Touch From Deep

The Suns hit 54 three pointers in their three games leading up to Washington, but connected on just four in the loss. That was the first time this season Phoenix hit fewer than 10 threes in a game. With their return to PHX Arena, the Suns hope they can regain their form from deep. It won’t be easy as the Hawks have the third lowest opponent effective field goal percent in the league.

 

Devin Booker has led the way with 23.0 ppg and 4.3 apg, while Mikal Bridges has scored 15.1 ppg and 5.4 rpg while shooting 46.7% from beyond the arc. Chris Paul leads the team in assists with 8.7, while Deandre Ayton averages a double double (12.9 ppg, 11.3 rpg).

The Suns are 10th in effective field goal percent (55.0%), and have held their opponents to an effective field goal percent of 52.7, good enough for 15th in the league. The Suns are also 16th in the league in defensive rebounding percent (78.7). Phoenix does struggle giving up free throw attempts, where the Suns are 20th in opponent free throws per field goal attempt (.209).



 



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