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Preview: Suns host Rockets again as Amar’e Stoudemire will get inducted into Ring of Honor

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The Phoenix Suns (35-24, 5th in Western Conference) host the Houston Rockets (25-34, 12th in Western Conference) tonight for the second straight game and final meeting this season. Suns legendary forward Amar’e Stoudemire will go into the team’s Ring of Honor tonight at halftime.

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Phoenix won its ninth home game in a row on Thursday night with a 110-105 victory over Houston. Devin Booker led the way with 35 points, as the Suns held the Rockets to their lowest opponent field percentage of the season at 33.3%.

This game got a little chippy towards the end when Devin Booker and Cam Whitmore both received technical fouls after an altercation. Alperen Sengun was ejected a minute of game time later after arguing with the officials after he fouled out. The Rockets then shifted to a hack-a-Nurkić strategy, intentionally fouling the Suns’ big man who finished a lowly 8-of-16 from the charity stripe.

We will see if this carries over tonight. The Suns have now gone 2-1 against the Rockets this season, as Houston has now lost its last three games after beating Phoenix last week.

Bradley Beal (hamstring) is expected to return for the Suns on a minutes restriction after missing the last five games.

Local Game Information

Start Time: 7:00 p.m. MST

Location: Footprint Center

TV Channel: 3TV/AZ Family

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, La Mejor 106.5 FM

Stream: Suns Live (click for more info)

Betting Odds

Line: PHX -9.5

O/U: 233.5

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns: Bradley Beal (left hamstring injury management) AVAILABLE | Eric Gordon (left groin soreness) OUT | Nassir Little (left knee inflammation) OUT | Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery) OUT

Houston Rockets: Tari Eason (left lower leg injury management) OUT | Steven Adams (right knee PCL surgery) OUT

Starters (Projected)

Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Grayson Allen, Kevin Durant, Jusuf Nurkić

Houston Rockets: Fred VanVleet, Jalen Green, Dillon Brooks, Jabari Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun

Five Keys to Game for Suns

  1. Sustaining big leads
  2. Making free throws
  3. Ball movement
  4. Staying in flow of offense with Beal back
  5. Shots falling


Suns 112 – Rockets 97

It is clear the Rockets have found a way to muck up the game against the Suns, holding them to only 40% shooting in each of the last two contests. These are the only times the Suns have shot below 45% as a team since the start of 2024. Phoenix might be able to change this a bit with Bradley Beal returning, so the Suns could pull of a huge victory if their shots are falling. Their defense against Houston, and at home in general as of late, has been stellar, so this should continue tonight. I predict another ugly game, but the Suns playing consistently good defense and having enough good stretches that they win by a sizeable margin.

Last Meeting (Feb. 29, 2024)

Phoenix Suns Prevail in Defensive Battle Against Rockets

Team Matchup Notes

Here are some stats, notes and everything else to know about the Suns and Rockets before their fourth matchup of the season (via Suns):

Each team’s stats (via Suns):

Preview: Injury report

Suns’ Bradley Beal set to return on minutes restriction vs. Rockets

Preview: Devin Booker, Frank Vogel on Amar’e Stoudemire

Devin Booker, Frank Vogel praise Amar’e Stoudemire before Suns Ring of Honor induction

Stories from Last Game

Phoenix Suns Prevail in Defensive Battle Against Rockets

Devin Booker has no harsh feelings after altercation with Cam Whitmore

Devin Booker ties career high in 3-pointers made for 25th time

Suns record season-best defensive stat in win over Rockets

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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