Head Coach Jeff Hornacek, however, has already stated that every game counts from here on out, even a home game against struggling Orlando.
The Magic had lost five straight heading into Tuesday night’s game against Golden State and haven’t won consecutive games since early November.
Can the Suns keep Orlando down? Five things will factor into the answer.
Dragic vs. Afflalo
Aaron Afflalo’s skill set makes him one of the best two-way players in the league. He’s an above-average defender and has become a skilled scorer, accounting for 19.5 points per game while shooting nearly 43 percent from three-point range.
That makes for quite the defensive assignment for Dragic, though the Slovenian playmaker poses the same set of problems for Afflalo. This should be a fun and competitive matchup.
Over their last two games, the Suns have given up a combined 221 points on 53.5 percent shooting.
Their offense was just enough to win one of them, but Phoenix has proven that good defense (see Friday’s 87-80 win at Boston) is an effective trump card for off-shooting nights.
Regardless of their offense, expect the Suns to try to clamp down on that end of the floor.
Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic ranks seventh in the league in rebounds per game (11.1 rpg), forming a stern test for the Suns’ collective box-out efforts.
Phoenix has actually done very well in the battle of the boards, recently, including a 45-26 edge against a rugged Raptors squad on Sunday.
Keep an eye on Miles Plumlee and Alex Len – whose height matches up well against the 7-foot Vucevic – and the rest of the Suns’ attempts to keep him from causing too much havoc in the paint.
Big Game for Bledsoe?
Now with four games under his belt since returning from knee surgery, you get the sense that Eric Bledsoe is due for a big scoring night.
That’s certainly a possibility against the Magic, especially if and when he’s matched up against the older, slower Jameer Nelson at point guard.
If Orlando tries to match up with first-year guard Victor Oladipo, don’t be surprised to see some rookie lessons occur before the final buzzer.
Phoenix’s miscue rate has been steadily climbing, to the point where they’re averaging nearly 17 turnovers per game in the month of March.
That number ties them with Denver for third-worst this month, something they must correct for both a win Wednesday night and a shift in the right direction for the rest of the season.
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