NBA Basketball Betting Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors

NBA Basketball Betting Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors

Written by on March 29, 2022

The injury-plagued Golden State Warriors (48-28) head back home to host the Phoenix Suns (61-14) at Oracle Arena. The Warriors have struggled as of late, losing their last three games, including dropping to the Grizzlies by 28 points in their most recent loss.

The Phoenix Suns, on the other hand, have won eight straight games, including a win against the Sixers 114-104 in their last game.

Let’s check out the NBA Basketball odds to how these teams stack up. 

Phoenix Suns vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Preview

  • Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
  • When: 10:00 PM ET March 30, 2022
  • Watch: Coverage: ESPN

Phoenix Suns Betting Preview: Suns Outlast Sixers

The Phoenix Suns have shown remarkable consistency and resiliency this season that has helped them reach a league-leading 61-14 record after a 114-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ERS on Sunday.

In addition to winning ten of their last 11 games, the Suns have displayed an impressive 45-0 when leading after three quarters and 44-0 when holding opponents to under 110 points. 

On Thursday night at Ball Arena, Devin Booker lit up the Denver Nuggets Suns’ finishing his cooking session with a game-high 49 points and followed that up with a 35 point performance against the Sixers going 13-22, including scoring 22 in the first quarter.

Additionally, Chris Paul looked like himself in his second game back after a month and a half away, scoring 19 points and dishing out 14 assists.

This season, Phoenix is averaging 115.3 points per game, but they also have one of the league’s top three defenses. Mikal Bridges was assigned a tough matchup in James Hardin and held him to just 2-11 shooting.

This is the issue that rival teams encounter in these games. You’re essentially dealing with basketball’s top two-way team.

Golden State Warriors Betting Preview: Warriors Running Out of Gas

Golden State has spent much of the season at or near the top of the Western Conference standings, but a recent string of poor play has them slipping back into third place. In their most recent loss, the Warriors were absolutely destroyed by the Memphis Grizzlies, falling 123-95, bringing their losing streak to three while losing six of their last seven. 

The Warriors are battling a string of injuries as Steph Curry has missed the last couple of games with an injury, and James Wiseman has been ruled out for the season. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have also missed some time with the team. 

Golden State’s offense began the season as one of the best in the NBA, but with Curry’s departure, they’ve taken a step back. They are 13th in scoring, sixth in field-goal percentage, and ninth in three-point % in the league. However, one of the keys to this team’s success has been their offensive rebounding, which ranks seventh in the league and allows them to create second-chance opportunities.

It remains to be seen who can step up in a big way on the offensive end without Curry (25.5 ppg, 6.3 apg). Klay Thompson (18.7 ppg) has just regained his stride, but his stamina has been questioned, especially since this will be their fourth straight road game.

Despite their ailments, Golden State has made significant progress defensively this season and is sure to cause Washington problems. They are second in field-goal percentage defense and fourth in three-point percentage defense in the league, and they rank fifth in scoring defense.

When you add in their ability to dominate on the defensive boards, it’s no surprise that this team has relied largely on defense.

Keep an eye on Jordan Poole, who is having an amazing season for the Warriors after posting 25 against the Grizzlies. He’s been averaging 24-plus points in his last seven games and has scored 20+ points in his last 13 games. Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins will continue to handle most of the load, while rookie Jonathan Kuminga is improving with each outing.

Free Betting Pick

When you consider that Golden State is without Curry, their lack of top-end scoring, as well as their defense, will continue to suffer. The Warriors are missing far too many crucial players to withstand the nightly barrage of shots fired from the Phoenix Suns. 

That puts the Warriors’ young core of players in a clash against a Suns squad that has thrashed the entire NBA all year. Additionally, the Suns have gotten their leader back and are playing at a higher level, winning ten of their last 11 games. Phoenix is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games; back the Suns here. 

Betting Pick: Phoenix Suns


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