The Phoenix Suns (16-7) and the Dallas Mavericks (11-11) will collide for the second time this season later tonight. The Suns beat the Mavericks in their first game of the new season in October. The Suns bounced back from a shocking upset loss to the Houston Rockets by thrashing the San Antonio Spurs with a 133-95 victory.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, are coming off an impressive 121-100 win over the New York Knicks. While the Dallas outfit looked good in that game, they have struggled of late, going 2-5 in their past seven games. A big win over the Suns tonight would break the Mavericks free of their current 50-50 win-loss ratio.
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Match Details
Fixture: Suns @ Mavericks
Date & Time: Monday, December 5, 08:40 p.m. ET
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Injury Report
On the Suns' front, power forward Jae Crowder is out for undisclosed reasons. Small forward Cameron Johnson is out due to a meniscus injury. Point guard Chris Paul is out due to a heel injury. Small forward Torrey Craig is questionable due to a groin injury.
On the Mavericks' end, point guard McKinley Wright IV and shooting guard Tyler Dorsey are questionable due to illness. Point guard Kemba Walker is out due to a knee injury. Center Christian Wood is questionable due to illness.
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Betting Odds & Spreads
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Starting 5s
Suns - PG: Cameron Payne, SG: Devin Booker, SF: Mikal Bridges, PF: Dario Saric, C: Deandre Ayton
Mavericks - PG: Luka Doncic, SG: Spencer Dinwiddie, SF: Tim Hardaway, PF: Dorian Finney-Smith, C: Dwight Powell
Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction
Despite the noticeable distance between their respective levels of success this season thus far, the Mavericks are coming into tonight as the favorites. While they did lose to the Suns already this season, a lot has changed now, including the notable absences of Cameron Johnson and Chris Paul from tonight's game.
That being said, it's impossible to deny that the Suns, bar a shocking loss to the struggling Houston Rockets last week, have been on fire this season. Their decimation of the San Antonio Spurs showed that they were quick to get back on track after the Rockets loss. Last time out against the Mavericks, the Phoenix outfit won by just two points. Considering the Mavericks' impressive defensive work of late, coupled with some star absences on the Suns' end, some payback might be in order for tonight.