Suns set to face Sacramento Kings in another must-win game to keep playoff hopes alive

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Playing at home instead of on the road has made all the difference for the Phoenix Suns over the past two months. The Sacramento Kings have seen that first-hand.

Leading up to a game in which their playoff hopes could hang in the balance, the Suns go for a season-best seventh consecutive home win tonight as they try to avenge a recent loss to the lowly Kings.

Phoenix (41-34) is four games behind Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Regardless of how the Suns fare in this game, if the Mavericks win at Memphis tonight they would wrap up a postseason berth by beating Phoenix on Sunday.

That would knock the Suns out of playoff contention because they would be five games behind Dallas with each team having five games remaining, and the Mavs would own the tiebreaker for having won the season series.

The Suns clearly have a better chance for a victory at US Airways Center, where they've won a season-high six in a row -- the last three against teams ahead of them in the West standings.

Phoenix is 16-3 at home since the start of February compared to 3-11 on the road.

That impressive stretch at US Airways Center began with the most lopsided home win in franchise history and it came against the Kings, 129-81 on Feb. 2.

That was the Suns' sixth straight home win in the series and sixth in a row overall versus the Kings (16-58), but that streak ended Sunday as Phoenix lost 126-118 in Sacramento.