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Booker and the Suns take on the Raptors

Toronto Raptors (35-30, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (53-13, first in the Western Conference)

Phoenix; Friday, 9 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Devin Booker leads Phoenix into a matchup against Toronto. He currently ranks 10th in the league averaging 25.6 points per game.

The Suns have gone 28-7 at home. Phoenix is eighth in the league with 48.6 points in the paint led by Deandre Ayton averaging 13.0.

The Raptors are 18-15 on the road. Toronto is 4-6 in games decided by less than 4 points.

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The teams square off for the second time this season. The Suns won the last meeting 99-95 on Jan. 12. Jae Crowder scored 19 points points to help lead the Suns to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: JaVale McGee is averaging 9.4 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Suns. Cameron Johnson is averaging 4.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Phoenix.

Fred VanVleet averages 4.0 made 3-pointers per game for the Raptors, scoring 21.5 points while shooting 39.8% from beyond the arc. Pascal Siakam is shooting 41.2% and averaging 18.9 points over the last 10 games for Toronto.

LAST 10 GAMES: Suns: 7-3, averaging 113.7 points, 42.3 rebounds, 27.9 assists, 9.0 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 48.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.1 points per game.

Raptors: 4-6, averaging 104.6 points, 45.2 rebounds, 19.7 assists, 7.4 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 42.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.7 points.

INJURIES: Suns: Dario Saric: out (knee), Cameron Johnson: out (quad), Frank Kaminsky: out (knee), Chris Paul: out (thumb).

Raptors: Malachi Flynn: out (hamstring), OG Anunoby: out (finger).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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