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By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports.com — The Phoenix Suns appear eager to prove that last year’s NBA Finals appearance was not a fluke. The New Orleans Pelicans appear eager to prove they can win more than just a pair of Play-In games without Zion Williamson.

A year after showing their route to the NBA Finals went beyond eliminating teams with key injuries to their star players, the Suns have indisputably become the NBA’s team to beat with a league-best 64-18 record that also set a franchise record.

What to watch: Rest vs. Rust? The Suns will have gone 12 days without playing in an NBA game. The Pelicans will play a game only 48 hours after already playing in two Play-In games this week.

The Stat to Know: 47-0. The Suns were 47-0 when leading after the third quarter this season. They were just the third team in the last 68 seasons to go undefeated after leading through three quarters, and their 47 wins were the most among those three teams

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