After a tough win over the Memphis Grizzlies last Thursday, the San Antonio Spurs (41-16) will face a Phoenix Suns team trying to keep it's playoff hopes alive.
The Suns (31-28) are coming off an important 112-105 win against the Houston Rockets (32-27) on Friday and are just one game behind for the 8th seed in the Western Conference.
San Antonio on the other hand are trying to get back in rhythm and at the same time get their new guys more comfortable with the system.
The Spurs added Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills late in the season to add depth to their lineup, in the hopes of having a deep playoff run and perhaps snatch their fifth NBA title this year.
San Antonio have won five in a row over Phoenix, including two games this season. Tim Duncan has averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds in the first two matchups.
The Suns ranks 11th in scoring at 97.8 ppg., while the Spurs are third at 101.8 ppg.
Steve Nash and Tony Parker are two of four active players to rank as their franchise’s all-time assist leader. Dwyane Wade (Miami) and Jose Calderon (Toronto) are the other two.
Parker leads the Spurs in scoring and assists, averaging 18.7 points and 7.7 assists per game. Nash leads the Suns in the assists department at 11.1 assist per game.
Marcin Gortat leads Phoenix with 15.8 and 9.8 rebounds per ball game, while Duncan is averaging 15.2 points and 9.1 boards for San Antonio this season.
Since All-Star break, the Spurs’ bench is averaging 44.5 points per game, which is the best in the league.
With a win tonight, San Antonio will clinch their 18th division title in franchise history, and ninth in the Popovich-Duncan era.
Despite winning their first two meetings against the Suns, the Spurs should not take their opponent lightly, Phoenix will try their best to get a win hoping to land a playoff spot, while the Spurs must use this game to continue to improve and build their confidence as the post season approaches.
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