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NBA Phoenix at Washington Preview

January 23, 2007

NBA Basketball - Phoenix Suns (-5, 232) at Washington Wizards 7:00 PM EST

Phoenix is on an unprecedented run in franchise history, winning 28 of its last 29 games. Part of this amazing streak included 15 wins in a row that tied a team record. The Suns rebounded from that only defeat and are quickly closing in on that very same record with current thirteen consecutive victories. The only interruption in this unprecedented run came at the hands of tonight's opponent, the Washington Wizards.

Washington defeated Phoenix 144-139 in overtime Dec. 22, as focused Gilbert Arenas canned 54 points in the win. Arenas later claimed a big part of his focus was against Suns coach Mike D'Antoni who was an assistant coach who left Arenas off the national team that played last summer. A number of factors will come head to head in today's contest.

Besides another long winning streak, Phoenix is one of the best road teams in the NBA with a 13-5 record and best against the spread winning percentage mark with matching 13-5 mark. Washington is among the most difficult squads to beat at home with 17-3 record, the best in the Eastern Conference.

Total players are presented with an intriguing number of 232 points according to sportsbook.com. That is up two points from when they met just over a month ago. These are the two best scoring teams in the league and both have strong trends favoring Overs. The Wizards are 11-2 Over after 2 or more consecutive wins this season and the Suns 49-25 Over in road games versus up-tempo teams averaging 83 or more shots a game.

Despite Washington's outstanding success at home, Phoenix is a 5-point road favorite, largely because they are the best team in the NBA and have more weapons than any squad in the league. Hard to overlook the Suns who are 7-0 ATS in road games after scoring 110 points or more this season. This should be one of the most entertaining games of the season, with an old school ABA feel to it in terms of offensive-minded teams

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