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Preview: Suns face potential trap game against Spurs without Victor Wembanyama

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The Phoenix Suns (42-29, 6th in Western Conference) play their second straight game in San Antonio against the Spurs (15-56, 15th in Western Conference) tonight. This is the second contest of Phoenix’s five-game road trip and final meeting between these two teams this season.

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For the second consecutive game, the Suns will be completely healthy outside of Damion Lee. Meanwhile, the big news of today is that Victor Wembanyama is out for San Antonio with a left ankle sprain.

In Saturday’s meeting between the two teams, the Suns pulled off a commanding 131-106 victory. Devin Booker led the way with 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant was right behind him with 25 points, four assists and four rebounds. Bradley Beal tacked on 13 points and a season-high 12 assists. The Suns won in just about every category, but the most notable is that they finally won the turnover battles (8 vs. 15) after eight straight games of losing it.

This is the Suns last game before a brutal 10-game stretch to end the regular season (via ESPN).

Could tonight be a trap game with Wembanyama out and Phoenix needing every win it can get?

Local Game Information

Start Time: 5:00 p.m. MST

Location: Frost Bank Center

TV Channel: AZ Family/ 3TV

Radio: Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, La Mejor 106.5 FM

Stream: Suns Live (click for more info)

Betting Odds

Line: PHX -11.5

O/U: 233.5

Injury Report

Phoenix Suns: Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery) OUT

San Antonio Spurs: Victor Wembanyama (left ankle sprain) OUT | Charles Bassey (left ACL tear) OUT

Starters (Projected)

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

San Antonio Spurs: Tre Jones, Devin Vassell, Julian Champagnie, Jeremy Sochan, Zach Collins

Five Keys to Game for Suns

  1. Guarding the 3-point line
  2. Limiting turnovers
  3. Not overlooking opponent
  4. Aggressive defense (forcing turnovers)
  5. Riding momentum


Suns 128 – Spurs 104

We know based on the last matchup that the Spurs do not have the talent at all to keep up with the Suns and even more so don’t without Victor Wembanyama. With that being said, like mentioned above, the Suns cannot view this as an easy win and need to come out focused to not make it a trap game. As I have said before the last few games (all games the Suns should have won), Phoenix can focus on what it needs to do better. Last game, the Suns did a terrific job at that, especially in terms of guarding the 3-point line and keeping turnovers down.

I expect this same recipe for success tonight, and the Suns just needing to come focused to get the job done.

Last Meeting (March 23, 2024)

Devin Booker explodes for 32 points, Suns crush Spurs 131-106

Team Matchup Notes

Everything to know about the Spurs and Suns before their fourth and final meeting this season:

Each team’s stats (via Suns):

Preview: Injury report

Victor Wembanyama ruled out tonight against Suns

Suns to remain fully healthy for rematch against Spurs, Victor Wembanyama questionable

Preview: Stories from Saturday’s game

Fans Demand Playing Time for Isaiah Thomas

Victor Wembanyama against Bol Bol did not disappoint

Victor Wembanyama gained huge respect from Devin Booker, Suns

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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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