Game On: Suns @ Hornets

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Published: April 8, 2009

Matt Barnes vs. Peja StojakovicGame 78. Hornets back in New Orleans to face the Phoenix Suns, whose playoff hopes have all but evaporated. One more Suns loss or Mavs win will mean no postseason for Phoenix; should be interesting to see if they have any fight left in them.

The 42-35 Suns haven’t played since suffering a humiliating beat down in Dallas on Sunday. They’ve lost four of their last six and are 16-22 on the road this season. They’ve got everyone healthy except of course for Amar’e Stoudemire (who’s been dunzo for months with that itchy retina).

The Hornets are looking to sweep the season series, having beat the Suns 108-95 back in October, and 104-91 in December. Note that Peja Stojakovic is averaging 22 points on 55 percent shooting his last five games against Phoenix.

Game tips at 7 p.m. Central. Other NBA action to keep an eye on this eve (all times Central): Blazers @ Spurs (6:00 – watch on ESPN 360), Thunder @ Nuggets (8:00), Jazz @ Mavericks (8:30 – watch on ESPN 360). Full standings here.

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