The Phoenix Suns (23-18) host the Minnesota Timberwolves (6-31) tonight at U.S. Airways Center.
The Suns are coming off of a big win against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 107-100. Markieff Morris led the way for the Suns in that matchup with a career-high 35 points and added seven rebounds. The Suns will look to build off of this win and continue to keep themselves in the playoff race.
Phoenix cannot look at this matchup against the T-Wolves as an easy one. Minnesota still has some good talent on its roster. The Suns just escaped with a win in their last matchup with the T-Wolves, 113-11.
Of course, you look at the number one overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins who has been playing well, especially as of late. The first overall pick from this year’s draft is averaging 15 points per game this season and has scored around 20 points in his each of his last five games, including a 25 points performance against Phoenix in their last matchup on January 7. In that game, Wiggins missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game for Minnesota.
The Suns really need to keep an eye on guard Mo Williams. Williams is coming off of a game against the Indian Pacers, in which he scored 52 points. That set an all-time scoring record in Minnesota franchise history. Against the Suns on January 7, Williams posted a double-double scoring 23 points and handing out 11 assists.
The Suns are looking to ride their hot players in this matchup tonight; guys like Morris. He is coming off of a career night against the Cavaliers in which he scored a total of 35 points to go along with seven rebounds and shot 71% from the field. As of late, Morris has emerged as a go-to-guy for Phoenix.
I see the Suns feeding the ball to Morris a lot in this one tonight. Morris will look to bounce back this time against Minnesota after only scoring 14 points and shooting around 38% from the field in the last matchup with the T-Wolves.
Alex Len has also been on a hot streak of his own lately. Len has posted two consecutive double-doubles, logging 14 points and 13 rebounds against Memphis and 13 points and 10 rebounds against Cleveland. Len is finally playing like the Suns had hoped when they drafted him with the number five overall pick.
In the last matchup against Minnesota, Len scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds. But the stat that stands out from that game is that he finished with five blocks. The former fifth overall pick has been playing well on both sides of the court lately and the Suns have to be thrilled with his efforts.
All in all, this is a game that the Suns should be able to win. But in the sports world, anything can happen. The Suns learned this in the last matchup with the Timberwolves as it came down to the last play. It should be an entertaining one tonight.
Tipoff is set for 7p.m. at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix.