Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns Matchup Preview (11/17/2021)
By Max Heering
The 9-4 Dallas Mavericks will face the 10-3 Phoenix Suns on the road on Wednesday. The Suns are second in the Western Conference, and the Mavericks are third in the Western Conference, but they are not receiving much media coverage. The Suns are coming off a 99-96 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Neither team shot well; Both hit less than 40% of their shots. Devin Booker led the Suns in scoring with 29 points, and Chris Paul had 21 points and eight assists. Deandre Ayton may have been their most impactful player with a 22 point, 12 rebound double-double.
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The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a 111-101 win against the Denver Nuggets. Kristaps Porzingis led the Mavericks in scoring with 29 points and also had 11 rebounds. Luka Doncic was two rebounds away from a triple-double with 23 points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists. The Mavericks shot the ball a little better than Nuggets from the field and behind the three-point line in this game, which is why they won.
Mavericks vs. Suns Predictions
This will be a close and exciting game. These teams have almost the same record, but the Suns have a lot of momentum right now from their nine-game winning streak and will be playing at home. I cannot underestimate the momentum that the Suns have right now. They have not had the most challenging schedule, but winning nine games in a row is a feat no matter what.
I do not speak so highly of the Suns to bring down the Mavericks. They are also an excellent team, but they are not riding a high from a nine-game winning streak. Bet on the Suns.