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Warriors look to play spoiler in rematch with Suns

The Phoenix Suns’ win streak is in jeopardy. The Suns have won a franchise-record 18-straight games, but their next test will come on the road against the nearly-just-as-hot Golden State Warriors.

The two teams met in Phoenix on Tuesday night in what was the most highly-anticipated matchup of the NBA season. The then-second-place Suns extended their win streak to 17 games and overcame an early Devin Booker injury to pass the Warriors for first place in the Western Conference. With the Warriors a mere half-game back of the Suns, that title will be on the line once again tonight.

The two clubs will meet two more times after Friday night’s game including a Christmas Day matchup in Phoenix.

Warriors look to start new streak after seven-game run comes to an end

Golden State has yet to lose two games in a row this season. Following the loss in Phoenix on Tuesday, a loss tonight would falsify that statement.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry had arguably his worst showing of the season in that game. He finished with just 12 points and 2 assists in 36 minutes on 4-21 shooting and 3-14 from deep. The two-time MVP finished -17 as the Warriors offense was held under 100 points for the first time this season.

Curry was looking at the bright side of things following the loss.

“With all of the mistakes we did have and how terrible I shot the ball, it was a close game down the stretch,” Curry said. “I know Booker got hurt, but yes, it was a good learning lesson for us. Understanding the intensity and the focus we need to beat a team like that.”

The Warriors are 18-3 and an NBA-best 11-1 at home.

Suns look for 19th-straight victory

The Suns’ streak remains alive but in great danger. With Booker out after injuring his left hamstring in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game, Phoenix will have to get it done without their best player. They did finish +13 in Booker-less minutes earlier this week against the Warriors, but 48 minutes on the road without him may be a different story.

Suns coach Monty Williams wants his team to walk the fine line of stepping up in Booker’s absence while refraining from trying to fill his shoes.

“You don’t try to do what Book does,” Williams said. “It’s gonna come from a team holistic effort, because Book is a different type of player.”

The 19-3 Suns are a league-best 9-1 on the road this season.

Players to watch

Keep an eye on Curry in this one, not only because he is Steph Curry; the greatest shooter to ever live and the current MVP favorite at 2.30. But also because Phoenix did such a great job in containing him earlier this week. Have the Suns figured out the star Warriors guard or will he bounce back with a huge performance tonight?

Steph Curry Props:

Points: 28.5 (Over: 2.00 | Under: 1.86)

Rebounds: 5.5 (Over: 2.15 | Under: 1.71)

Assists: 5.5 (Over: 1.68 | Under: 2.15)

Blocks: 0.5 (Over: 2.90 | Under: 1.38)

Threes-made: 5.5 (Over: 2.20 | Under: 1.66)

Points + Rebounds + Assists: 39.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.90)

Prop Special: 35+ Points, 8+ Rebounds, 8+ Assists: 31.00

With Booker out, the attention turns to veteran point guard Chris Paul. Paul, 36, is having his best season since 2015-16 from an assists perspective. He is at 10.2 per game through 22 matches, to go with 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals.

Chris Paul Props:

Points: 17.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.95)

Rebounds: 3.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.86)

Assists: 9.5 (Over: 2.15 | Under: 1.68)

Blocks: 0.5 (Over: 4.00 | Under: 1.22)

Threes-made: 1.5 (Over: 2.45 | Under: 1.54)

Points + Rebounds + Assists: 30.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.90)

Prop Special: 20+ Points, 6+ Rebounds, 12+ Assists: 21.00

Game Odds

The Warriors are listed as seven-point favorites in this one.

Spread: Suns (+7) 1.97 | Warriors (-7) 1.88

Money Line: Suns 3.50 | Warriors 1.32

Over/Under: Over (216.5) 1.97 | Under (216.5) 1.88

Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 pm ET at Chase Center.