Former Brooklyn Nets teammates Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will face off tonight as the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks get ready to play. As NBA fans will undoubtedly be aware, both Irving and Durant were teammates together in Brooklyn for three years. However, that is now history as they are now opponents again contending for an NBA title with their new teams.
At the moment, the Phoenix Suns have a record of 35 wins and 29 losses. On the other hand, the Mavericks are at 33 wins and 31 losses. Both these teams have already started adapting to their new stars, with the Suns being arguably slightly more successful so far.
In any case, we will now have an idea of how these teams compare tonight as the Suns and Mavs face off. Let us take a look at the injury reports and expected rosters for this game. That will aid in making an expert prediction concerning its results.
Kevin Durant is expected to play in the Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks game tonight
Thankfully for Suns fans, Durant looks healthy and good to go. He went through a long process of rehabilitation after being injured and has only played in two games with Phoenix so far. Both of those games were won by the Suns which has improved its ranking in the Western Conference.
Those teams were the Charlotte Hornets and Chicago Bulls. They can’t be compared to other top-tier contenders in both conferences. Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and the Dallas Mavericks will be a real test for the new Phoenix Suns.
This is assuming everyone is healthy. That said, here are the complete injury reports and expected rosters for the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks as they get ready to face off in tonight’s match.
Phoenix Suns injury report
- Deandre Ayton (questionable)
- Terrance Ross (questionable)
- Landry Shamet (out)
Phoenix Suns expected roster
- Chris Paul
- Devin Booker
- Kevin Durant
- Josh Okogie
- Deandre Ayton
Dallas Mavericks injury report
- Maxi Kleber (questionable)
- Davis Bertans (out)
Dallas Mavericks expected roster
- Kyrie Irving
- Luka Doncic
- Reggie Bullock
- Dwight Powell
- Christian Wood
As we can tell, both sides look relatively healthy for this matchup. Although Deandre Ayton is undergoing some knee issues and both Bertans and Kelber aren’t completely healthy tonight. Be that as it may, all the main stars look good to go. Finally, here are the expert predicitions for this game.
The Suns are favored over the Mavericks tonight
Although this is still expected to be a very close game, we have the Phoenix Suns winning this one. Although Luka and Kyrie are proving to be deadly on the offensive end of the floor, they are struggling to get stops on the defensive side. They are coming off a win against Embiid, Harden, and the Philadelphia 76ers. Nonetheless, they will be the underdogs for this game.
Now that Durant, Booker, and Chris Paul are on the court together and look healthy, the Suns will almost always be favored in the remaining games this NBA season. It will certainly take time for the team to find its rhythm and strengthen its weakness. However, they are still expected to win this game over the Mavs.
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