During the previous few weeks, the Suns have been one of the top squads in the League. The Suns will probably be the favorite to carry on their upswing Sunday evening when they attempt to pickup their eleventh consecutive home court matchup with the Kings.
The Suns ( 26 - 25 ) are 11 - 4 since January 12th to tie the Bulls for the 2nd finest record in the League during that period behind NBA leading San Antonio, which is 13 - 3.
The Suns climbed above.500 for the 1st occasion since December 7th with their 6th victory in 7 matchups, 95 - 83 at EnergySolutions Arena vs. the Jazz on Friday. However the Suns have 1 of the League's worst permitting 105.3 points per game, Utah had been restricted to 27 2nd half points.
Phoenix has not dropped a game on their home court to the Kings ( 12 - 38 ) since a 118 - 117 defeat November 6th, 2005. Only 2 of the matchups in this skid have been determined by single figures, with the Suns picking up victories by an average of 20.9 points.
The margins of defeats had been much less for the Kings within their 1 - 5 set of games at home. Sacramento started it having a 102 - 96 victory against the Hornets on January 29th that broke the Hornets' ten game victory run prior to the Kings lost the last 5 by an average of 5.0 points.
The most recent defeat had been Saturday's 99 - 97 loss to the Thunder. Sacramento's come back from from a twelve point disadvantage with 3:32 remaining lost when Tyreke Evans' three point shot rimmed out as the clock ran out.
Sacramento 107 - 104 to the Jazz on Monday & 102 - 100 to the Mavs on Wednesday.
Evans completed having thirty points, & is putting in 16.8 points & 6.3 boards in 6 matchups versus the Suns.
The other end of the court ought to have more of an impact on the result since Nash has put together outstanding efforts in those games. The 37 year old Nash is putting in 24.0 points on 58.0 % from the floor & 11.8 assists in those games, with 5 consecutive double - doubles.
The Kings came back from Nash's twenty points & 12 assists to stop a 6 game skid versus the Suns having a 94 - 89 victory January 2nd. Evans contributed only a little bit with 6 points & 5 dishes, however first-year DeMarcus Cousins had a personal best twenty-eight points.
Cousins has 3 consecutive double - doubles, putting in 19.3 points & 13.7 boards. He has assisted Sacramento outrebound their previous 3 opponents by an average of 9.7 boards.
The Kings, trying for to pick up 3 consecutive games away from home for the 1st occasion since December 18th, 2007 to January 2nd, 2008, out-boarded the Suns 60 - 32 in last month's matchup.