With momentum on their side, the Phoenix Suns are timing their run towards the play-offs with perfection. And it might just be enough to sway Steve Nash when it comes to deciding his future in the summer.
The two-time NBA MVP insists that, even at the ripe age of 38, he has plenty left in the tank. And with eight wins from their last 12 games, the Suns are showing they are far from done in their hunt to reach the post-season.
They can overtake the Utah Jazz and move into ninth position in the Western Conference with a win in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. Nash had 16 assists when Phoenix came from 13 points down to beat Utah 120-111 three weeks ago, as Marcin Gortat dominated Al Jefferson in the middle.
In fact, the Suns have won on their last three visits here and with the Jazz off-tune in losing three of their last four, bet on Phoenix with +6.0 in the handicap market at 1.91.
Ray Allen could return for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday but the veteran All Star has barely been missed. A stretch of five straight wins was capped by Sunday’s destruction of Miami, underlining that the Old Men of Beantown believe that have the tools for one last hurrah.
Much of that is down to the resurgence of Kevin Garnett and the 35-year-old will relish a renewal of one of the NBA’s classic match-ups of recent years when he goes against the similarly aged Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. Both men would reluctantly concede to being past their prime but have adjusted to their diminished capability with the help of their stellar supporting casts.
The Spurs arrive with eight straight wins under their belt although five of those came against teams outside the play-off positions. So look for Boston to stand tall and back them at 2.04 in the match odds market.
Bet of the Day: Take Phoenix at + 6 against Utah at 1.91.