Phoenix faces New Orleans in conference matchup
Phoenix; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Western Conference foes Phoenix and New Orleans square off at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Suns are 10-39 in conference play. Phoenix is the worst team in the Western Conference shooting 32.8 percent from 3-point range.
The Pelicans are 22-27 against conference opponents. New Orleans ranks seventh in the league with 36.1 defensive rebounds per game, led by Anthony Davis averaging 8.9. In their last meeting on March 16, the Suns won 138-136. Devin Booker scored a team-high 40 points for Phoenix in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Troy Daniels ranks fourth on the Suns averaging 1.4 made 3-pointers and scoring 6.3 points per game while shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. Booker has averaged 34.2 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 51.5 percent over the last 10 games for Phoenix.
Julius Randle is averaging 21.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Pelicans. Elfrid Payton has averaged 9.5 assists and scored 11.1 points over the last 10 games for New Orleans.
LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 2-8, averaging 112.6 points, 48.3 rebounds, 27.5 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 124 points on 46.8 percent shooting.
Suns: 2-8, averaging 108.9 points, 40.8 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 7.3 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119 points on 47.8 percent shooting.
Suns Injuries: TJ Warren: out (ankle), Tyler Johnson: out for season (knee), Kelly Oubre Jr.: out for season (thumb), Deandre Ayton: out (ankle), Devin Booker: out (left ankle), Richaun Holmes: day to day (left ankle sprain).
Pelicans Injuries: Trevon Bluiett: out (thumb), Frank Jackson: out (concussion), E’Twaun Moore: out (quad), Anthony Davis: day to day (back), Darius Miller: out (left thigh strain), Jrue Holiday: out for season (abdominal strain).