The Phoenix Suns beat the Orlando Magic Wednesday night 109-93 in what was a crucial win for the Suns who are still trailing the Memphis Grizzlies for the last playoff spot in the west. The Suns pulled away in the fourth quarter to give the Magic another road loss and stay in contention for the playoffs. Goran Dragić shot a devastating 61.5 percent from the field and was 2 of 3 from beyond the arc in the win against the Magic.
The 39-29 Suns host the 25-42 Detroit Pistons who also have a slight chance of making it into the playoffs. Only in the east would a team that only has 25 wins make it into the playoffs but that is the reality of the Piston’s situation. The Suns went back to what makes them tough to beat, they had 25 fast break points against the Magic and limited their mistakes in the second half. The Pistons are six and a half games behind the Atlanta Hawks but will continue battling and the Suns should be prepared for them. The Pistons lost their 11th straight road game Wednesday night against the Nuggets and will look to end their streak Friday night against the Suns.
Goran Dragić versus Brandon Jennings. Dragić bounced back Wednesday night with a solid game, scoring 18 points on 61.5 percent shooting while adding six assists in the win against the Magic. Dragić will have his hands full with Jennings. Brandon Jennings is having a solid season in his first with the Pistons, averaging 16.2 points, 7.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game this season.
Turnovers. The Suns beat the Magic but still had a total of 16 turnovers in the game. The Suns are in the bottom five in terms of turnovers in the league with 15.4 per game. This has to come way down for the Suns to win the rest of the way and secure a playoff spot in the west. Turnovers have killed the Suns, especially in the fourth quarter of close games. If the Suns can limit their mistakes they have a good chance of beating the Pistons.
What the Suns offense needs to look for:
Fast breaks. The Suns and the Pistons are in the top five when it comes to fast break efficiency. The Suns are at their best when they can get out in a fast break situation and with Bledsoe back in the lineup the Suns should be able to run most teams into the ground. With that said, the Pistons are right there in terms of fast break efficiency, only two spots behind the Suns in the league.
What the Suns defense needs to look out for:
Monroe. Greg Monroe will be a big contributor for the Pistons Friday night. Monroe had 22 points in a losing effort Wednesday night but will have to battle the Morris brothers as well as Miles Plumlee on the inside.
Pistons sleeper to have a good game:
Jonas Jerebko. Jerebko is averaging only 3.2 points per game but is someone that provides a spark for the Pistons in spot situations. Jerebko had seven points in 15 minutes against Denver Wednesday night.
Prediction: The Suns beat the Pistons 100-95.
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