National Basketball Association
Preview
Phoenix at Golden State
When: 10:30 PM ET, Saturday, January 31, 2015
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, California

The Golden State Warriors look to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season when they host the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. Golden State was outplayed by the Utah Jazz on Friday and fell 110-100 to lose a second straight game for the third time this season. Phoenix went 6-2 on a franchise-record eight-game homestand and completed it with a 99-93 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

The Suns thumped the Warriors in their lone meeting this season by taking a 107-95 decision in Phoenix on Nov. 9. Golden State coach Steve Kerr was disappointed with his club’s approach in the loss to Utah and had no problem expressing it. “We didn’t have enough life to win a game on the road against a hungry, young team,” Kerr told reporters. “It’s all energy, it’s all focus and being on edge. Everybody in this league has so much talent, so it’s usually the team that has a little better edge — physically, emotionally.”

TV:
10:30 p.m. ET, FSN Arizona (Phoenix), CSN Bay Area (Golden State)

ABOUT THE SUNS (28-20): Phoenix has won 16 of its last 22 games but will play five of its next eight on the road after the lengthy dose of home contests. Starting guards Eric Bledsoe (23 points) and Goran Dragic (21) combined for 44 points against Chicago’s Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler and will be asked to produce big again versus Golden State’s star combo. Forward Markieff Morris had 12 points and a season-best 14 rebounds against the Bulls for his seventh double-double of the campaign.

ABOUT THE WARRIORS (36-8): All-Star point guard Stephen Curry was the lone starter on his game against Utah as he knocked down five 3-pointers and scored 32 points for his ninth 30-point outing of the season. Fellow All-Star guard Klay Thompson had just 12 points after scoring 22 or more in seven consecutive games, including the memorable 52-point performance in which he scored a record 37 points in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings. Thompson missed all three of his 3-point attempts against the Jazz to end a streak of making at least one in 29 consecutive games, which began Nov. 28.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Warriors have won five straight home games against Phoenix.

2. Slumping Suns SG Gerald Green (4-of-16 over previous two games) didn’t see any action against Chicago.

3. Golden State has allowed an average of 109.6 points over the last five games.

PREDICTION: Suns 124, Warriors 121
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Phoenix 28-20 W2 15-9 13-11 1-4 27-16 6-4 13-14
Golden State 36-8 L2 21-2 15-6 6-1 30-7 6-3 22-7
Last Meeting
Phoenix Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/9/14 GS 95 PHO 107 107 39 43.0 95 36 47.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix I. Thomas 22 30.8 13
Golden State S. Curry 28 50.0 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix M. Morris 9 3 6
Golden State H. Barnes 9 1 8
Assists Player  
Phoenix I. Thomas 7
Golden State S. Curry 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 900 45.2 242
Golden State S. Curry 1132 49.1 199
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Phoenix M. Morris 312 64 248
Golden State D. Green 383 63 320
Assists Player  
Phoenix E. Bledsoe 314
Golden State S. Curry 402
Quickchart Matchup
Phoenix Off vs  Golden State Defense
107.2 Points For
99.8 Points Against
46.6 FG%
42.2 FG%
42.4 Reb
45.4 Reb
Golden State Off vs  Phoenix Defense
110.9 Points For
104.9 Points Against
48.3 FG%
45.4 FG%
45.4 Reb
44.8 Reb