Phoenix Suns Betting
Bet on the Phoenix Suns to once again be a championship-caliber team this NBA season. The NBA odds peg the Suns as another contender but they still hold plenty of value on the BetUS sportsbook. Phoenix is fresh off an NBA Finals appearance and brings back the same core that get them there. As a mid-tier team per the NBA Championship odds and NBA conference odds, Phoenix should be a hot ticket in terms of basketball futures.
Phoenix Suns Betting Outlook
- Championship Odds: +1600
- Conference Odds: +650
- Division Odds: +200
The Phoenix Suns’ betting odds are disrespectful, to say the least. This team did not lose many significant players and added a sharpshooter in Landry Shamet and a defensive big in JaVale McGee. But their odds remain long and are longer than Golden State’s.
Bettors can thus find Phoenix as a potential sleeper or underdog like last season. While Phoenix won’t be as underestimated, several teams like the Warriors and Lakers are being overestimated.
Phoenix has more continuity than many of the top NBA teams and any team with Chris Paul tends to be a shoo-in for 50+ wins. At +200, it is implied that Phoenix only has a 33.3% shot at winning the division when the Suns won it by four games last season.
The Lakers and Warriors could be better. But both teams have aging cores and have a long history of injuries. Los Angeles may start slowly trying to work in Russell Westbrook and a brand new team, basically, while Golden State’s Klay Thompson has been out of the NBA for two-and-a-half years. At these odds, the Suns are worth the bet.
Suns 2021-22 Predictions
- Regular Season Record: 57-25
- Conference Standing: Second
- Division Standing: First
Phoenix Suns Team Leaders
There is a reason Paul has not missed the playoffs in over a decade: he is the “Point God.” Paul has continued to elevate teams regardless of who he plays with and he’s done just that with the long-dormant Suns, who to their credit, were beginning to show signs of life to close out the 2019-20 season.
Paul led the Suns in assists (8.9), steals (1.4), and win shares (9.2). Riding shotgun was superstar-in-the-making, Devin Booker. The 24-year-old led the team in scoring (25.6) again and was selected to his second straight All-Star Game.
Center DeAndre Ayton also started living up to his expectations of being a first overall pick. Ayton led the team in rebounds (10.5) and blocks (1.2). More notably, he was a force in the playoffs and carried Phoenix in some playoff games.
Phoenix was the surprise team of last season. Not only did the team finish over 12 games above their 38.5 win projection. The Suns also came within two games of cashing their preseason NBA Championship odds of 40-1.
Paul would be the main reason why the Suns would improve as his leadership helped the likes of Booker, Ayton, and forward Mikal Bridges take a step up in their game.
Suns backers profited nicely with the Suns. The team went 55-38-1 (.591) against the spread (ATS) last season, the second-best spread record in the NBA. Additionally, Phoenix won 12 of its 21 games as underdogs.
Phoenix was a top-10 team in both offense and defense and was also a top-five team in effective field goal percent (eFG%) and turnover percent (TOV%). Translation: the Suns played a controlled and efficient game that led to more wins than anyone expected.
Landry Shamet, guard, Brooklyn Nets
Elfrid Payton, guard, New York Knicks
JaVale McGee, center, Denver Nuggets
Jevon Carter, guard, Brooklyn Nets
Torrey Craig, guard, Indiana Pacers
Monty Williams returns as the reigning Coach of the Year from 2020-21. Entering his third year with Phoenix, Williams guided the Suns to its first NBA Finals appearance in 28 years. Williams has compiled an 85-60 (.586) record with Phoenix. He coached the team to a 14-8 record in the playoffs.
However, Williams has yet to coach teams to consecutive winning seasons. But with Paul, Williams has not coached a losing team and this trend could continue for 2021-22.