Sixers-Suns: Containing Phoenix's Devin Booker is a must

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The Suns' Devin Booker goes up for a shot against 76ers center Joel Embiid during the first half Monday night.

76ers (16-19) at Phoenix Suns (14-23)

Sunday at 8 p.m., at Talking Stick Resort Arena

Talking points

The 76ers better come ready to play. They didn’t do that against the Suns on Dec. 4, and lost, 115-101. Back then, the Sixers were horrible on defense. Foremost, Devin Booker scorched them for 46 points. However, T.J. Warren also baked the Sixers. The small forward scored 25 points on 12-for-19 shooting. The Sixers pride themselves on defense. Well, that was far from an effort to be proud of.

How to watch and follow the game

Starting lineups

Sixers (16-19)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  14.3 ppg. T6.1 rpg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  13.2 ppg. 7.1 rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 24.0 ppg. 11.0 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  16.9 ppg. 3.4 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.5 ppg. 7.6 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 91-272)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder rehabilitation, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc fracture, out); Justin Anderson (shin splints left leg, doubtful).

Suns  (14-23)

12 T.J. Warren SF 6-8 19.2 ppg 5.7 rpg.

0 Marquese TeaguePF 6-10 6.3  ppg. 4.8 rpg.

4 Tyson Chandler C 7-1 6.8  ppg. 9.4 rpg.

1 Devin Booker SG 6-6 24.6 ppg. 4.5 rpg.

8 Tyler Ulis PG 5-10 7.8 ppg. 4.0 apg.

Coach: Jay Triano (Fourth season, 101-162)

Injury report:  Brandon Knight (left ACL tear, out); Alan Williams (right meniscus repair, out)

Head to head

The Suns have a 67-55 series lead.

Coming games

Wednesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, San Antonio Spurs at Sixers

Friday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Detroit Pistons at Sixers

Jan. 11: 3 p.m., at The 02 Arena, Boston Celtics at Sixers

Jan. 15: 1 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Toronto Raptors at Sixers

Jan. 18: 7 p.m., at TD Garden, Sixers at Celtics