Feb 8, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) defends Phoenix Suns forward Marcus Morris (15) during the second quarter at US Airways Center. The Suns won 122-109. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns travel to Denver Nuggets, look to make playoff push

Phoenix Suns travel to Denver Nuggets

With barely any representation at All-Star weekend, the now well-rested Phoenix Suns travel to Denver as they look to make a playoff push.

The Suns have dominated the Nuggets all season and look to sweep Denver as they’ve already beat them by scores of 11, 4, and 14 so far this season. Fortunately, Phoenix has Denver’s number this year, so this should be a victory for Hornacek’s team, but as always… the game has to be played.

The Suns are going to need to keep up with the fast-paced Nuggets and make sure their conditioning is up to par as they play in the mile high city. This Suns squad should be able to outpace the Nuggets, you just hope there isn’t a post-All-Star “hangover.”

Key Matchup:

Goran Dragic versus Ty Lawson. Both are fast, dynamic point guards, but neither made the All-Star game. The Dragon was a much worse All-Star snub seeing as his team’s record was better and securely in the playoff race, while Denver was continually falling out of it. The Suns defense (especially the guards) needs to keep Lawson in front of them.

What the Suns offense needs to focus on:

Start the “second half” out strong with lots of ball movement in the half-court offense and get out in transition. It would really help if the three-point shooting was “on” too. But that’s every game. It’s really important that both Markieff and Marcus Morris catch on fire here these last 31 games, so hopefully that will start against Denver.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

Apart from keeping Lawson out of the paint, Phoenix needs to watch out for Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson on the boards.

Prediction:

Suns win 112-100

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