The Phoenix Suns will play hosts to the Dallas Mavericks when the two Western Conference teams open their 2020-21 NBA season at Phoenix Suns Arena on Wednesday night.
Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns – NBA Picks & Predictions
Tip-off time for this encounter is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET with ESPN network providing the live television coverage. For the fans looking to watch the game live on their Amazon Fire TV, Firesticks, Apple TV, or Chromecast, NBA.com will be providing free and live stream of all the games this week via the NBA League Pass.
As usual, WatchESPN.com and the ESPN App will also have live stream, while NBA.com will provide the live stats and live quarter by quarter box scores.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns ESPN 10:30 PM ET|Line: PHOENIX -1.0 | OVER/UNDER 233.5 points
Phoenix starts this new season with high expectations and is confident about finally ending a 10-season playoff drought. The Suns come into this game as slight favorites with ESPN’s Basketball Power Index giving them a 60.9% chance of starting the season with a win at home.
The addition of Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder and veteran forward Jae Crowder from the Miami Heat, has truly re-energized the Phoenix squad. Paul and Crowder are expected to link up well with shooting guard Devin Booker in driving the team forward.
Meanwhile, Luka Doncic, who is being touted as an early MVP candidate, is expected to provide the bulk of the spark for Dallas.
The 21-year-old had a brilliant season last year where he averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 61 games and has the ability to register a triple-double every time he steps on the court.
The Mavericks will be without power forward Kristaps Porzingis, who continues to recover from a right knee surgery after he tore his meniscus in mid-August during the playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Fellow forward Maxi Kleber remains day to day.
Phoenix will check on Dario Saric, Abdel Nader, and Frank Kaminsky, who are all listed as day to day.
The Suns had a 34-39 overall record last season, while Dallas went 43-32 overall and 27-20 in Western Conference play.
INJURIES: Suns: None listed.
Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis: out (knee).
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via oddsFire: DAL: (81%) | PHX: (19%)
Odds to Win NBA Finals: DAL: (+2200) | PHX: (+5500)