Game: Golden State Warriors @ Phoenix Suns
Time: 10:00 p.m. ET
Odds: Warriors +2.5, Suns -2.5
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The Golden State Warriors travel to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night for a matchup that will take place in the desert five months later than many had anticipated. The Suns, the 2021 Western champions, and the Warriors, who made five consecutive visits to the NBA Finals from 2015 to 2019, appeared to be headed toward a Western Conference finals battle last season. It wasn’t meant to be though as the top-seeded Suns were eliminated in a pivotal Game 7 by the Dallas Mavericks. Of course, the Warriors went on to defeat Dallas and then Boston to claim their fourth NBA title in eight seasons.
The Suns have already defeated two of the Western Conference’s top anticipated contenders, including the Mavericks in a rematch on the opening night of the new season. On Sunday, Phoenix routed the Los Angeles Clippers 112-95 on the road.
The Suns and Warriors played four times last season. Phoenix won the final game with just 12 days left in the regular season. NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry did not play in that game. The two teams wound up splitting those four games.
Phoenix had some off-season turmoil as center Deandre Ayton had his offer sheet from Indiana matched by Phoenix. Jae Crowder, who wanted a new contract, did not report to the team and is awaiting a trade. Ayton has been a key to the Suns’ defense which is allowing just 104.3 points per game. Ayton is averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
The Warriors almost hit that total in the first half of their win over Sacramento on Sunday. Golden State put up a franchise record 50 points in the second quarter and led at the half 89-71. Curry scored 28 points in the half and ended up with 33 for the game. In three games thus far, Curry has scored 33, 34, and 33 points. He is shooting 44.4 percent (16-of-36) from three-point range.
Phoenix guard Devin Booker is putting up similar numbers to Curry. Booker had 35 points in the Suns’ win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. That gives Booker 96 points – an average of 32 per game – through the Suns’ first three games.
The Suns and Warriors have split the last ten games in the series, but the Warriors hold a 7-3 ATS margin. If you go back 20 games, Golden State has a 13-7 SU advantage. The Warriors are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Warriors have covered in five of the last six games against Phoenix. The Suns have won five of their last six home games.
What’s interesting in this series is that two teams with serious scoring talent have seen the Under hit in eight of the last ten games. The two teams have battled in some relatively low-scoring games. Over the last ten head-to-head meetings, the two teams have averaged 214.3 points. The four games last season averaged 211.7 points.
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