The Phoenix Suns host the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, to kick off the 2022-23 NBA season on Monday, December 5.
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The Phoenix Suns (15-7) are currently the top team in the Western Conference, but they are coming off a 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday.
Cameron Payne is expected to play against the Mavericks on Monday.
According to Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic, Chris Paul (heel) will not play against the Mavericks on Monday.
Due to a heel injury that has kept him out since early November, Chris Paul will miss the first leg of the Suns’ back-to-back set. Cameron Payne will be Phoenix’s starting point guard until he returns, which has yet to be determined.
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Torrey Craig (groin) will miss the game on Monday.
On Sunday, Dario Saric took over in Craig’s absence. On Monday, both he and Ish Wainright are expected to see increased run.
On the first day of December, the Dallas Mavericks (11-11; 6-15-1 ATS) lost 131-125 in overtime to the lowly Detroit Pistons after snapping a four-game losing streak with a 116-113 home victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Christian Wood (illness) is listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the Suns.
Wood was out of Saturday’s game against the Knicks due to a non-COVID illness, but he could return on Monday.
JaVale McGee, Maxi Kleber, and Davis Bertans will be candidates for expanded roles if he is sidelined.
According to Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd, Kemba Walker (knee) has been practicing, but an update on his status will not be available until next week.