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NBA : ATS Matchup
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PHOENIX (30 - 39) vs. MIAMI (43 - 26)
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Saturday, 8/8/2020 7:30 PM
Visa Athletic Center - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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PHOENIX - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games30-39-13.233-3535-34112.955.746.5%50.6113.756.347.3%51.9
Road Games17-17+9.920-1415-19112.154.545.8%50.6113.955.847.2%53.1
Last 5 Games4-1+6.24-12-3115.659.046.2%51.4112.456.646.0%50.2
PHOENIX Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.955.741-8846.5%11-3235.4%20-2483.0%511027228144
vs opponents surrendering111.856.241-8945.8%12-3435.8%18-2377.3%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)112.154.541-8945.8%11-3034.8%20-2383.9%511127238144
Stats Against (All Games)113.756.341-8747.3%12-3236.4%19-2578.6%52924238156
vs opponents averaging11256.241-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.3%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)113.955.841-8847.2%11-3135.8%20-2579.1%531023228156

MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-26+934-3342-26112.358.246.9%53.2109.154.044.7%50.0
Road Games16-21-1.615-2120-16108.656.945.3%52.5110.855.145.0%51.6
Last 5 Games2-3-5.42-34-1110.857.445.9%44.2111.454.245.6%51.2
MIAMI Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.358.239-8446.9%13-3538.3%20-2578.3%53826217144
vs opponents surrendering111.956.341-8946.1%12-3435.9%18-2377.1%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)108.656.938-8445.3%13-3636.2%19-2577.9%53825227145
Stats Against (All Games)109.154.039-8744.7%13-3834.6%19-2478.3%50925228134
vs opponents averaging111.555.941-8945.9%12-3435.6%18-2377.1%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)110.855.139-8645.0%13-3835.7%20-2579.3%52925228144
Average power rating of opponents played: PHOENIX 96.4,  MIAMI 95.6
PHOENIX - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/4/2020*LA CLIPPERS117-115W9.5W228.5O45-9646.9%47842-8549.4%5510
8/10/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              

MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/12/2020*OKLAHOMA CITY              
PHOENIX: LAST SEASON: 19-63, finished 15th in Western Conference.
COACH: Monty Williams (first season with Suns, sixth season overall, 173-221).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ricky Rubio (12.7 ppg), G Devin Booker (26.6), F Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), F Dario Saric (10.6), C Deandre Ayton (16.3)
KEY LOSSES: F T.J. Warren, G/F Josh Jackson
KEY ADDITIONS: Rubio, Saric, G/F Cameron Johnson, F Frank Kaminsky III, F Cheick Diallo, G Ty Jerome
PLAYERS TO WATCH: The Suns are trying to build a winning team around the core of Ayton and Booker, who are both still young and put up big numbers last season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton averaged a double-double in his rookie season while shooting nearly 59 percent from the field. Booker averaged 26.6 points per game and nearly seven assists. Oubre was a pleasant surprise after joining the team midway through last season, scoring nearly 17 points per game after the trade and playing good defense. Rubio gives the Suns an experienced point guard who should help Ayton, Booker and Oubre get better scoring chances. Rubio's presence also allows Booker to play off the ball and focus on scoring.
OUTLOOK: The Suns should be much better than the 19-win version of a year ago. Rubio's presence along with the input first-year coach Monty Williams should give the starting lineup some discipline and structure. Phoenix's ceiling depends on the development of Ayton and Booker. If the two can develop into All-Star caliber players than there might be something brewing in the desert. The major problem is the Western Conference is still stacked with good teams, so a move into the playoffs feels a little far-fetched this season.
MIAMI: LAST SEASON: 39-43, finished in 10th place in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Erik Spoelstra (12th season, 523-363).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Justise Winslow (12.6 ppg), G Dion Waiters (12.0), G Jimmy Butler (18.7 with Minnesota and Philadelphia), F Kelly Olynyk (10.0), C Bam Adebayo (8.9).
KEY LOSSES: G Dwyane Wade, G Josh Richardson, C Hassan Whiteside, G Rodney McGruder.
KEY ADDITIONS: Butler, G Tyler Herro, F-C Meyers Leonard.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Butler gets a team to call his own, and assumes the role of locker-room leader in the place of Wade ' who retired after 16 seasons, most of them with Miami. The Heat are hoping for healthier years from Waiters and PG Goran Dragic, after both missed about half of last season. Herro, the No. 13 pick in this year's draft, had a strong summer league and followed that up with big numbers in the preseason so he'll clearly be in the mix somewhere. Adebayo enters his first full year as the starting center, a job he won down the stretch last season, and will get help from fellow bigs Olynyk and Leonard. Winslow wants to be a leader for the group, but has missed 94 games in the last three seasons.
OUTLOOK: The Heat haven't won a playoff series since 2016 and are only 124-122 over the last three seasons, yet believe they can get back into more of a postseason-contender role ' even without Wade, who was the team's best player last season. Getting Butler was a major boost and he'll unquestionably be the key to everything Miami does, though he won't be asked to carry the load by himself. Defense wasn't the problem for Miami last season after the Heat finished No. 2 in the league in points allowed; the biggest issue was inconsistent offense, which figures to get better.
Suns look to stay hot, face Heat in playoff chase

The Phoenix Suns have been the kings of the bubble.

Phoenix (30-39), which is 4-0 since the NBA regular season resumed earlier this month, will play the Miami Heat (43-26) on Saturday night as part of the league's restart near Orlando.

While the Heat has already clinched a playoff berth in the East, the Suns are trying to catch the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference.

"We're feeling great," Suns forward Dario Saric said. "But this (winning streak) hasn't happened overnight.

"Since the first week of May, guys have been working hard every day. We worked on our games, and it has paid off for us. We're playing freely and without pressure."

The Suns are led by fifth-year pro Devin Booker, a 6-5 shooting guard and the team's first-round pick (13th overall) in 2015. He tops the team in scoring (26.2) and ranks second in assists (6.6).

Booker, a first-time All-Star this season, is not the only Suns standout. There's also Deandre Ayton, a 6-11 center and the No. 1 overall pick in the. 2018 draft. He leads the team in rebounds (11.7) and blocks (1.7) and ranks second in scoring (18.9).

But it's more than just Ayton's numbers that have stood out.

"He's doing an unbelievable job of screening," Booker said of Ayton. "He has grown as a player. He's picking things up."

Suns point guard Rickey Rubio -- now in his third NBA organization -- leads the team in assists (8.7) while chipping in with a career-high 13.3 scoring average.

But as good as things are going for the Suns, they do have two players -- 6-7 forward Kelly Oubre and 6-10 forward Aron Baynes out due to knee injuries. Oubre is third on the team in scoring (18.7), Baynes is tied for fifth (11.5), and they have combined to make 83 starts this season.

Booker said the Suns still have plenty of talent, even with the injuries.

"We have four games left (in the regular season)," Booker said. "We have to keep fighting through."

Meanwhile, the Heat are also dealing with injuries. They are missing their two top scorers -- wing Jimmy Butler (sore right foot) and point guard Goran Dragic (sprained left ankle).

Neither of them played on Thursday night, when the Heat blew a 23-point lead and lost 130-116 to the team with the best record in the NBA -- the Milwaukee Bucks.

Butler has missed two straight games and is unlikely to be ready for the Suns. Dragic, who sat out Thursday, is day to day.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra did not appear to be too dejected about the blown lead against the Bucks.

"It's not like we were up by 40," he said. "The way the NBA is played now, you have to play consistently for 48 minutes."

Without Butler, the Heat's best all-around player has been center Bam Adebayo, a first-time All-Star this year. He was called for five fouls against the Bucks and that contributed to only 22 minutes, six points, six assists and five rebounds against Milwaukee.

For the season, however, he is averaging 16.1 points, a team-high 10.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and a team-high 1.3 blocks.

Miami's most dangerous shooter is Duncan Robinson, who is fifth on the team in scoring (13.4). He leads the team in three-pointers made per game (3.7) and three-point percentage (44.8).

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 5:32:45 AM EST

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