The Suns are looking to extend their 17-game winning streak at the Target Center tonight, not just to win another game, but to make history. Though they had convincingly routed the Wolves last weekend with a 131-102 victory, it’s a different game this time around. With Kevin Garnett and Ricky Davis back in the lineup, the Wolves are at least in a better position to handle the scorching Suns. Then again, unless Garnett whips up a miracle or two, the Wolves just don’t have the game to stop the fiery assault of Steve Nash and company. Remember that the Wolves just came out of a six-game losing streak and are still in transition with new coach Randy Wittman. But in their last game against the Clippers, which they won 101-87, the Mavericks showed some hints of good defense, resulting in 26 Clipper turnovers.
This is the kind of game they need to slow down the Suns, and it will certainly turn their season around if they manage a win tonight. Between them, Phoenix leads the series 44-23 all time and if nothing too extraordinary happens tonight, they should improve on that record. The Wolves lack power in the paint to handle the fearsome combination of Stoudamire and Marion, and a lot depends on how Wittman intends to play Garnett. A Garnett-Amare matchup always adds excitement to the game. Bodog gives a 7-point handicap to Minnesota, but I don’t think the Suns to win by so many.