Phoenix has had little trouble scoring against the Lakers this season, averaging 117.3 points in three games, all victories for the Suns.
The Suns are in a tight race at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff standings, fighting as one of three teams vying for two postseason slots. Phoenix is in seventh place, the
Whereas a win could be viewed as a negative for the Lakers, taking draft lottery positioning into place, the Suns need every victory they can get.
Even when Dragic was a reserve with the
The Lakers are relying on big minutes from
Marshall isn't necessarily a strong defender. Coach
The Lakers have had trouble with many Phoenix players this season, including
Gerald Green has emerged as one of the Suns' most explosive scorers, averaging 15.4 points while shooting 43.9% from the field and 39.2% from long range.
The Suns average 105.5 points while allowing 102.5. Phoenix may not be the best defensive team in the league, but the Lakers may be among the worst, allowing 108.9 while scoring 102.4 a game.
The Suns have won six straight and are a particularly difficult matchup for the Lakers.