Will Devin Booker Play Tonight? Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors: Injury Updates, Lineup and Game Predictions,

Published 01/28/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) reacts after making a three point basket against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


The Golden State Warriors make the trip to Arizona tonight as they face the Phoenix Suns. The two Western Conference rivals will battle it out at the Phoenix Suns Arena at 10 pm EST.

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The Warriors come into the back after back-to-back wins against the Timberwolves. They lost twice previously, so those two wins were important to regain form. But the Suns are struggling terribly. They started the season with a 5-1 run, but are desperate for a win now, after winning just once in their last six games.

Golden State Warriors expected lineup

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The Warriors have had no new injuries since their last game. Alen Smailagic (knee) will continue his time on the sidelines for around two weeks more, but the rest of the team is available tonight.

January 25, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Their lineup will feature Stephen Curry and Kelly Oubre Jr as their guards, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green as their forwards, and Kevon Looney as their center. Wiseman had been benched because of a lack of form. But recent impressive displays could get him back into the lineup.

Phoenix Suns expected lineup

The Suns will hope that Devin Booker and Cameron Payne can return to the lineup. Both are listed as questionable for the game. Booker hasn’t played their last two games, while Payne missed out the last game. Former Warrior Damian Jones is also listed as questionable and will be eager to play against his former team.

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Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react following a fourth quarter time out against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns will start with Chris Paul and Mikal Bridges as their guards, Jae Crowder and Cameron Johnson as their forwards, and DeAndre Ayton as their center. Even if Booker returns, he will be eased into the rotation and is unlikely to start.

Predictions

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The Suns couldn’t beat the Thunder without Booker. If he stays out, it is unlikely they will beat the Warriors. They lack a scorer without Booker, while the Warriors’ offense is now clicking well. If CP3 can have a big game like last night, the Suns might be able to keep it close, but Curry and co will be the favorites tonight. It will be their third win in a row, and it will further strengthen their playoff spot.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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