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NBA 2018-19: Predicted Starting Lineups and Match Prediction - Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

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378   //    08 Feb 2019, 21:28 IST

The Warriors are on a two-game win streak
The Warriors are on a two-game win streak

The Golden State Warriors, coming off a 39-point blowout win against the San Antonio Spurs, head to Phoenix to take on the Suns. This is the third time the two teams will be playing each other and the first two games resulted in blowout wins for the Dubs.


The Golden State Warriors' perspective

Durant has been outstanding for the Warriors
Durant has been outstanding for the Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are once again the favourites to win it all and with DeMarcus Cousins fitting into the lineup nicely, they do not seem to have any problems whatsoever.

Curry, Durant and Thompson are all averaging over 20.0 points per game this season and most of their games are resulting in blowout victories. The Dubs went on an 11-game win streak earlier this season before the 76ers ended it.

However, they quickly recovered from the loss with two blowout wins, their latest being against the short-handed Spurs. Thompson was the top-scorer in both these wins and the sharpshooter is giving the fans plenty of reasons to cheer. A win tomorrow will help the Warriors clinch the regular season series against the Suns.

Predicted Golden State Warriors starting line-up:

Kevin Durant (F), Draymond Green (F), DeMarcus Cousins (C), Klay Thompson (G) and Stephen Curry (G)


The Phoenix Suns' perspective

Devin Booker is questionable for the game
Devin Booker is questionable for the game

The Phoenix Suns are on a 12-game losing streak and nothing seems to be going their way. Even though Devin Booker is averaging career-high numbers, the rest of the team has not been able to replicate the same success and are currently at the bottom of the table with an 11-45 record.

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They are out of playoff contention (unless something extraordinary happens) and have nothing to lose. Rookie DeAndre Ayton has lived up to the expectations with his strong performances so far.

Devin Booker (hamstring) has been listed questionable for the game and De'Anthony Melton (ankle) and T.J. Warren (ankle) are both ruled out.

Predicted Phoenix Suns starting line-up:

Kelly Oubre Jr. (F), Mikal Bridges (F), DeAndre Ayton (C), Tyler Johnson (G) and Jamal Crawford (G)


How things might unfold

The Suns are without three key players, including Devin Booker. They will not have enough firepower to put up a fight against the defending champs. Expect the Warriors to take a commanding lead very early on.


Prediction

Warriors for the blowout win.

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