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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3019:30 ET6:30 PM CT22:30 , January 14, 2020
State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 16,060

Surging Suns look to break spell in Atlanta

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Phoenix Suns at Atlanta Hawks

  1. The Suns beat the Hawks when these teams met in Phoenix on November 14, 128-112. Phoenix has won its last three games versus Eastern Conference opposition and is 7-4 in such games this season after going 14-46 in non-conference games over the previous two seasons, third worst in the NBA.
  2. Phoenix has won two straight games and is 5-3 since an eight-game losing streak from December 11-27. The Suns have held consecutive opponents under 100 points for the first time since December 2018. Prior to these two games, Phoenix had allowed 100+ points in its previous 22 games, going 6-16.
  3. Atlanta has lost four straight games and has gone an NBA-worst 4-16 since December 1. The Hawks have allowed 110+ points in each of their last five home games, the longest active streak in the NBA.
  4. Kelly Oubre Jr. has scored at least 20 points in six of his last eight games, shooting 54.0 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from three over this span. His most recent 25-point effort against Charlotte was Oubre's 18th game with 20+ points this season, matching his total from 2018-19.
  5. Trae Young (hamstring) is questionable for tonight's game. Atlanta averages 108.8 points with Young playing this season compared to just 91.3 points in Young's four missed games.
  6. Phoenix forces 16.2 turnovers per game, fourth most in the NBA, while Atlanta forces 15.8 per game, ranking fifth. The Suns rank sixth in the NBA in turnovers per game differential at +1.6 while the Hawks (-0.8) rank 23rd.

The Phoenix Suns will carry a two-game winning streak into the opener of their three-game East Coast road trip on Tuesday against the struggling Atlanta Hawks.

The Suns have won five of their last eight games and have climbed into the playoff picture in the Western Conference, just 1.5 games out of the No. 8 slot. Phoenix beat Atlanta 128-112 when the clubs met in Phoenix on Nov. 14, but the Hawks have won the last five meetings in Atlanta.

Phoenix, fresh from Sunday's 100-92 win over the Charlotte Hornets, has seen an improvement in its defense. Over the last two games the Suns have allowed 94 and 92 points, the first time they've won consecutive games while allowing 94 or fewer since 2015.

Atlanta lost its fourth straight on Sunday, falling 108-86 at Brooklyn. The Hawks had to play without leading scorer Trae Young, who was out with a left hamstring injury. It's the third time this season Atlanta has lost at least four in a row.

Kelly Oubre Jr. has been a matchup problem for the Hawks. He scored a season-high 30 points in the first meeting with Atlanta. On Sunday he became only the fourth player in the NBA this season to have 25 points, 15 rebounds (a career high), three steals and two blocks. Oubre has scored 17-plus in eight straight games.

"Kelly is a guy who plays 40 minutes and you look at him and he doesn't look tired at all," Phoenix coach Monty Williams told reporters. "We don't run a ton of plays for him and yet he ends up with 25 points because he just plays hard and he's learning to play with this group."

Devin Booker, the team's leading scorer, has played well against the Hawks, too. He tallied 27 points and seven assists against the Hawks in the first meeting. Booker averages a team-leading 25.8 points along with 6.5 assists, and is shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 91.4 percent from the line. Booker is coming off a subpar game against Charlotte, when he went 3-for-12 from the floor for 12 points.

Phoenix center Deandre Ayton avoided a scare against the Hornets when he twisted his left ankle after an awkward landing following a foiled lob pass. But Ayton stayed in the game and showed no ill effects.

Atlanta has had trouble competing without Young in the lineup. The point guard leads the team in scoring (28.9 points) and assists (8.4) and has two triple-doubles this season. Young received medical treatment in when the team practiced in Washington on Saturday, but was too sore to play. He could play on Tuesday. The Hawks are 1-3 without Young.

Without Young against the Nets, the Hawks shot only 33 percent from the field and just 25 percent on 12-for-48 shooting on 3-pointers. The bright spot was rookie Cam Reddish, who scored 20 points for only his second double-digit effort in the last 10 games.

"I feel like we struggled to a shoot a little bit early in the game," Reddish said. "That obviously hurt. The energy and effort wasn't where it should have been to start, but I think we just had a bad shooting night from the very beginning."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 13, 2020

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