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Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 24, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Kyle Barrette

It was on full display last night that the never say die attitude of the Bucks is real. As long as there is time left on the clock, that team is still trying to come back and win. Some teams have locked into playoff berths and some teams are locked into specific seeds. Actually, the Eastern Conference teams have already been decided. It’s just a matter of who will play who when the seeding is determined. The top two in the west are locked in as they face off tonight in a potential Western Conference finals preview. Who has the edge? Let’s break down this matchup.

After nearly blowing a double-digit lead, the Grizzlies were able to escape with a one-point win in their last contest. They come into this big-time matchup on a six-game winning streak with the highest scoring offense in the league. With the team they look like will be on the floor tonight, though, they may have a tough time putting up those numbers. It is looking like every starter besides Brooks is going to get the night off. I’m not mad at the move; it gives your guys some rest, you can’t get out of the two seed, and it gives your bench guys some work against the starters of Phoenix, a team they’ll likely see again somewhere deep in the playoffs.

For the moment, the Suns still have their starters listed as active in this game. None of them even have any injury question marks. The Suns also come into this game with their own win streak, although this one is a nine-game win streak. Even more impressive, the Suns only lost two games the entire month of March and both of those games had key players out with injuries. It is a little surprising that the Suns are not the ones having players rest, seeing as they have been banged up for a good part of a month now. Perhaps it’s still a little too far away to start resting guys, but I’m sure it’s coming in some combination with the layoff at the end of the season and the actual start of the playoffs.

Suns vs Grizzlies Pick: Suns -6.5
With the way the lineups are sitting now, the Suns should win this game handily. It will be interesting to see if these two teams do meet if this comes back in the favor of the Grizzlies, but for now, take the Suns at -6.5.

Same Game Parlay:
Suns -7, Deandre Ayton First Basket, Ayton Over 16.5 Pts, Ayton Over 10.5 Rebounds, Suns to win by 1-10 Pts and Suns Over 117.5 Pts.

SGP Odds +18331

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