Warriors vs Suns: 3 Things To Watch When NBA’s Best Face-Off

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In one of the most anticipated games of the first half of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors, who are 18-2, first in the Western Conference, are in Phoenix to take on the Suns, who are 17-3, second in the Western Conference, tonight at 10 p.m. EST on TNT. 

The Suns are currently riding a 16-game winning streak after starting the season 1-3 and the Warriors have the second-best active win streak in the league right now at 7 games. This game is going to have a Western Conference Finals type feel to it and it absolutely should because these are arguably the best two teams in the league right now. 

After missing the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, the Warriors find themselves in familiar territory at the top of the NBA standings and rankings. Many expected Golden State to bounce back in a big way this season, but very few anticipated this from the Warriors! Stephen Curry is playing at an MVP level while Draymond Green is making an early case for Defensive Player of the Year.

Their 18-2 start to the season is tied for the second-best start in franchise history, matching their 18-2 starting during the 2014-15 season. The Warriors have won at least 15 of their first 20 games four different times prior to this season, most recently going 15-5 through their first 20 games during the 2017-18 season, and 3 of these 4 times, Golden State went on to win the NBA Finals. 

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With a win, the Suns would be matching their franchise record for longest win streak at 17 games, something that this group seems very keen on doing. 

Making the NBA Finals was not good enough for Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and this entire Suns team last year, which is why they are out to prove that last season was not a fluke. 

“I am looking forward to it,” Booker said following the Suns’ most recent win over the Nets on Saturday. “Obviously [it is] not a make-it-or-break-it game, not a playoff game. But we know it will be a high-energy game. Two best records in the NBA. It is going to be a high-intensity, fun game.” 

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Having two full days off to physically and mentally prepare for this game in Phoenix against the Warriors, the Phoenix Suns should be fully rested and ready to battle with the top team in the NBA. 

There is so much that can be talked about between the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns this season pertaining to each team’s chances to potentially win the NBA Finals, but let’s take a look at this matchup from a bigger picture and dive into the three biggest things to watch for in tonight’s game. 

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Brett Siegel joined NBA Analysis Network as an NBA Insider and Journalist in 2020 after previously working with Louisville Basketball and FanSided covering the NBA. He was a member of our staff until April 2022.