At the very least, it’s fair to say the Suns are consistent, consistently bad. They currently rank in the bottom third of the league in most offensive and defensive categories. Still, this is a young basketball team that should start to show improvement as we head into the latter part of the season. This contention is supported by the fact the team has actually been playing pretty well at home against some decent teams. This one is on the road where the Suns surprisingly have also been competitive, though they have only won 4 games away from home. Devin Booker leads the team in scoring (24.5 PPG) and assists (6.2 APG). Rookie Deandre Ayton is having a good first season, averaging a double-double with 16.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
After a very poor start to the season, the T-Wolves traded away malcontent Jimmy Butler to the 76ers. The assumption was this team still had enough talent to turn things around and contend for a playoff spot. The talent on this team is undeniable, but they just can’t seem to find any rhythm as a team. They currently sit 4-4 for the month of January without any established form at home or on the road. If they don’t turn things around soon, the T-Wolves will be watching the playoffs from their living rooms. The T-Wolves rank middle of the pack in most offensive categories. Karl Anthony-Towns leads the team in scoring (22.1 PPG) and rebounding at 12.2 RPG.
Prediction: On the season, the Suns have been getting clobbered in the 2nd game of a back-to-back situation. However, it’s hard to fathom laying double digits with the T-Wolves, a team that isn’t playing all that well at this point in the season. Play Phoenix +10.5 (score – Minnesota 114-109)