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Phoenix Suns vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Pick & Prediction MAY 4TH 2021

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The Phoenix Suns are trying to avoid any hiccups against upset-minded foes as they try to secure the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Suns narrowly escaped Oklahoma City with a 123-120 win on Sunday -- their fourth consecutive victory.

Phoenix (46-18) will take on another team out of contention on the road Tuesday night, visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-43), who have lost six consecutive games.

After facing Cleveland, the Suns close the regular season with a stretch against seven teams in position for the playoffs (top six each conference) or the play-in round (top 10). Six of Phoenix's final eight games are on the road.

The Suns entered Monday's games tied with the Utah Jazz at the top of the Western Conference.

"At this point in the season, you're trying to pile up wins," Suns guard Chris Paul said. "It wasn't our prettiest game; it wasn't the prettiest finish. We got the win and we're going to move on."

Paul continued to show what a valuable acquisition he has been for Phoenix, finishing with 18 points and 11 assists against his former team.

Devin Booker, the Suns' leading scorer with 25.6 points per game, had 32 points.

But Suns coach Monty Williams wasn't happy with his team's play down the stretch as Oklahoma City closed the game on a 17-4 run.

"It certainly wasn't the way we wanted to close out the game," Williams said. "We could have executed a lot better down the stretch."

The Cavaliers entered Monday's games on the brink of elimination and would miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season since LeBron James departed to Los Angeles.

"Living in the moment of being the underdog, that's when it's the most fun," Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "You can play freely, just scrap and leave it all on the floor."

Collin Sexton had 25 points and eight assists in a 124-107 loss at home to the surging Miami Heat on Saturday, and Cedi Osman had 15 points, a career-high 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Kevin Love bounced back after a subpar game against Washington to score a season-high 25 points and shot 9-for-14, including 7-of-10 from 3-point range.

Love called Friday's performance - when he didn't score in 22 minutes of a 122-93 home loss to the Washington Wizards -- "an absolute anomaly, so I wanted to come out and be super-aggressive."

The Cavaliers were without Darius Garland (sprained left ankle), Lamar Stevens (concussion) and Isaiah Hartenstein (concussion) against Miami. Matthew Dellavedova (neck), Taurean Prince (left ankle surgery), Larry Nance Jr. (fractured right thumb) and Dylan Windler (left knee surgery) are expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Phoenix's Jae Crowder (right ankle sprain) and Cameron Payne (left knee bruise) were out against Oklahoma City, and Abdel Nader (arthroscopic knee surgery) is out indefinitely.

The Suns won the first matchup of the season between the teams. Booker scored a game-high 36 points as Phoenix beat visiting Cleveland 119-113 on Feb. 8.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Kevin Porter Jr.

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Porter Jr. was removed from the last contest, leaving his status against the Bucks on Friday hazy.

  • Darius Garland

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Garland has missed the last three contests with a left ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be active for Friday's tilt with the Mavericks.

  • Matthew Dellavedova

    out for season | out

    Dellavedova has been sidelined due to a neck strain, and it is projected that he will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Lamar Stevens

    Out indefinitely | out

    Stevens is going while going through the league's concussion protocol, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Larry Nance Jr.

    Out indefinitely | out

    Nance Jr. is out of the lineup with a fractured right thumb, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Rodions Kurucs

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Kurucs has missed the previous three games due to a biceps injury, and it is unknown if he will take the court against the Bulls on Friday.

  • Collin Sexton

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Sexton has missed the previous three games due to a concussion, and it is uncertain if he will be in the lineup Friday versus the Wizards.

  • Dante Exum

    out for season | out

    Exum is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a right calf strain.

Phoenix Suns

  • Jae Crowder

    Out indefinitely | out

    Crowder will be out of the lineup for an undetermined length of time with a right ankle sprain.

  • Cameron Payne

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Payne missed the previous game due to a left knee contusion, and it is unclear if he will be available for Tuesday's tilt versus the Cavaliers.

  • Cameron Johnson

    Prob Sun | probable

    Johnson is tending to a sprained right wrist, but he is likely to take the court Sunday versus the Thunder.

  • Abdel Nader

    Out indefinitely | out

    Nader is sidelined after undergoing arthroscopic right knee surgery, and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Dario Saric

    Prob Fri | probable

    Saric has missed the previous two games due to a left ankle injury, but it is anticipated that he will face the Nuggets on Friday.

  • Langston Galloway

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Galloway has missed the last two games due to a personal matter, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Wednesday's tilt with the Clippers.

  • Dario Saric

    Out Sun | out

    Saric will not take the court on Sunday versus the Nets, as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Dario Saric

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Saric is bothered by a ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be in the lineup Thursday versus the Celtics.