Tatum and Boston set to face Phoenix

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Boston Celtics (13-13, 10th in Eastern Conference) vs. Phoenix Suns (20-4, second in Western Conference)

Phoenix; Friday, 10 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics visit the Phoenix Suns. Tatum ranks eighth in the NBA with 25.7 points per game.

The Suns are 11-2 in home games. Phoenix ranks seventh in the league with just 105.0 points per game while keeping their opponents at 43.6 percent from shots.

The Celtics are 7-9 on the road. Boston averages 13.5 turnovers per game and is 6-6 when winning the turnovers battle.

BEST PERFORMERS: Deandre Ayton is averaging 16.3 points and 11.1 rebounds for the Suns. Devin Booker is averaging 23.7 points in the last 10 games for Phoenix.

Tatum is averaging 2.8 points at 3 points per game for the Celtics, scoring 25.7 points while shooting 33.3% from beyond the arc. Dennis Schroder is averaging 18.2 points and 4.8 assists in the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Suns: 9-1, averaging 112.6 points, 43.7 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 8.4 steals and 2.6 blocks per game while shooting 49.5% from the field . Their opponents average 105.2 points per game.

Celtics: 5-5, averaging 109.6 points, 45.8 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 6.7 steals and 5.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.6% from the field. Their opponents average 108.3 points.

INJURIES: Suns: Dario Saric: out (knee), Frank Kaminsky: out (knee), Devin Booker: out (hamstrings).

Celtics: Jaylen Brown: absent (hamstrings), Bruno Fernando: absent (back), Jabari Parker: absent (illness).


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