The Suns are out for big-time revenge tonight when they take on their Western Conference nemesis the Spurs.  Play Phoenix minus the short number vs. San Antonio.

Our Thursday night NBA selection is on the Phoenix Suns at home in the US Airways Center minus the points over San Antonio.

These two teams met on Christmas Day and newcomer Roger Mason Jr. was the hero for the Spurs as he hit a 3-point field goal as the buzzer sounded to give San Antonio a 1-point victory. That was just another painful loss in a long line of painful losses suffered by the Suns against the Spurs. But there were some positives to be taken from that loss.

First, Phoenix had its way with the Spurs inside the paint, as San Antonio was unable to contain the Suns' duo of Shaquille O'Neal and Amare Stoudemire. And the Suns also played great defense, save for the final play when Jason Richardson inexplicably left Mason open (inexplicable because Mason is one of the league's best 3-point shooter this season).

But with revenge on its mind, I look for Phoenix to eliminate its mistakes, and control the interior once again, making it difficult for Spurs guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to penetrate. Take Phoenix.

Free Pick: Suns -1½ (-110)