Deandre Ayton, Jae Crowder Out vs. Nets Tuesday


January 31, 2022

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton’s recovery from an ankle injury may have taken a turn for the worse. Ayton was questionable leading up to Sunday’s contest before eventually being ruled out. However, the Suns scratched Ayton against the Nets well in advance of Tuesday night’s contest.

Kellan Olson also confirmed that Jae Crowder would be unavailable against the Nets.

Ayton has been slowed down by injuries this season, appearing in just 28 games for the Suns. Still, the former first overall selection has been a valuable contributor, ranking fifth on the team in Value Over Replacement Player and Win Shares.

Bismack Biyombo has started at center the past three games for the Suns. Biyombo has been effective, averaging 12.0 points and 9.7 rebounds as a starter.

The Suns have won ten straight to move into the top spot in the NBA. The betting market likes their chances to improve to 11 straight wins, as the Suns are lined as -7.5 favorites against the Nets, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

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