Game of the Day: April 7

San Antonio Spurs at Phoenix Suns — 10:30 PM eastern, telecast on ESPN

There’s nothing quite like witnessing the struggle between an unstoppable force and an immovable object. And the Spurs-Suns matchup has come to represent this struggle over the past several years.

Phoenix boasts one of the most offensively gifted rosters in the NBA, led by point guard Steve Nash and power forward Amar’e Stoudemire. Its defense, though, leaves much to be desired.

Meanwhile, San Antonio is honored for its tenacious play on the other side of the ball. Tim Duncan is among the best players defensively every year, and the team effort is always there.

Defense is said to win championships, and if you review the Spurs and Suns’ playoff series over the past several years, they’ll tell you the same. Phoenix never manages to top San Antonio in a best-of-seven spate, even with its absurd offense.

On Wednesday, both of these teams come in playing scorching-hot ball. You read what I had to say about the Spurs yesterday, and the Suns are 9-1 in their last 10 contests. But the Spurs have beaten the Suns twice this year.

Notwithstanding that statistic, I’m giving this one to the Suns. The Spurs will be out point guards Tony Parker and George Hill, relieving Nash of a tough defensive assignment, against which he doesn’t usually fare well. The win will be contigent upon the ability to stop Manu Ginobili, who has been ridiculous over the past month or so. Regardless, it should be a great game.

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