The Phoenix Suns look for a 13th straight victory when they take on the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night. The opening tip for this contest is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET at AT&T Center in San Antonio.
The Suns have been the hottest team in the league and are coming off a 126-97 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. Phoenix is 13-3 and in second place in the Pacific Division, trailing the first-place Golden State Warriors by 1½ games.
San Antonio has dropped four in a row, including a 115-90 setback against the host Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. The Spurs are 4-11 and in third place in the Southwest Division, trailing the second-place Memphis Grizzlies by 3½ games.
Suns vs Spurs Betting Analysis
The Suns’ offense was on full display during Sunday’s first quarter against the Nuggets. Phoenix scored 48 points, hitting 77.3 percent from the floor. It was the start of an easy win for the Suns, who were able to rest many of their starters for much of the contest.
“The way we moved the ball in the first quarter — shooting and passing and recognizing what they were doing in their coverages — it was good to see,” Suns coach Monty Williams said after Sunday’s win, which gave Phoenix its longest win streak since the 2006-07 season.
Guard Chris Paul had nine points and 10 assists in just 24 minutes of playing time as he continues to defy Father Time. The 36-year-old is leading the NBA with 10.7 assists per game while averaging 14.1 points.
Guard Devin Booker is leading the potent Suns offense with 22.4 points per game, hitting 37.1 percent of his three-pointers. Booker also contributes 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest.
The depth of the Suns was shown on Sunday night as six players scored in double figures, led by reserve forward Cam Johnson, who finished with a career-high 22 points. Center Deandre Ayton continued his hot play with 21 points.
The Spurs are on the other end of the spectrum from the Suns. They’re struggling to score, averaging just 99.3 points over their current four-game slide. The potential is there, as San Antonio scored 136 points in its last win, over Sacramento on Nov. 10.
Guard Dejounte Murray has been fantastic for coach Gregg Popovich, leading the Spurs with 18.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. The 25-year-old is also averaging 2.0 steals and his strong play is key to the Spurs being competitive.
Second-year guard Devin Vassell has shown some good things lately, scoring 18 or more points in three of the last four games. Unfortunately, he’s still learning the pro game, as he went for just two points in the other game in that span.
The Spurs did get center Jakob Poeltl back on Thursday against Minnesota in his first game action since Nov. 1. Poeltl (12.4 points, 8.8 rebounds per game) is on a minutes restriction, though, as he gets back into shape, playing just 15 minutes against the Timberwolves.
Phoenix vs San Antonio Picks
Phoenix is playing at its best right now, and it’s hard to see the Spurs staying competitive for long in this one. The Suns have too much depth to be stopped, and they’ll pick up their 13th win in a row in this one.
When making your NBA picks, take Phoenix to win and cover on the road.