NBA Betting: SportsTips’ Preseason Betting Preview on the Phoenix Suns

NBA Betting: SportsTips’ Preseason Betting Preview on the Phoenix Suns
Sun 13th December 2020

The season is right around the corner and the Phoenix Suns have opened with +5000 odds for the 2020-21 NBA Championship. The experts here at SportsTips have taken the time to review every single NBA team and offer up their opinion on how each team is expected to perform in the 2020-21 season, meaning you can place your best NBA bets with confidence. 

So, without further ado, have a read on below at all our NBA betting stats and information on the Phoenix Suns:

Phoenix Suns’ 2019-20 Season Review

Despite being the Cinderella story of the Orlando Bubble, the Phoenix Suns had a very inconsistent season. They won seven of their first 11 before winning just 19 of their next 54. They then went eight from eight in the Bubble and almost snuck into the playoffs. 

Devin Booker was the driving force throughout the season, averaging 26.6 points and 6.5 assists while earning his first All Star appearance. 

Deandre Ayton is the darkhorse for this Phoenix team. They won 20 of the 38 games he played in, but he missed 25 games through suspension. He managed to average 18.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. 

The team then had lots of help from the edges, with Kelly Oubre Jr (18.7 points per game), Ricky Rubio (8.8 assists per game), Dario Saric, Mikal Bridges and Aron Baynes all stepping up when called upon. 

Finishing with a record of 34-39, Phoenix was tied for ninth spot, but missed on playing in the playoff play-in game by virtue of a tiebreaker with Memphis. Their 8-0 record to finish the season lifted hope and expectation heading in to next season. 

With Booker leading the charge, the Suns had an offensive rating that ranked 12th in the league, while their defensive rating wasn’t quite as good, ranking 17th. Being a more offensive minded team, their record in totals betting was 14th in the league, sitting at 37-35-1. 

Their record against the spread was also 37-35-1, good enough for ninth best in the league, with their 8-0 stretch in the bubble helping to boost that up. 

Phoenix Suns’ Offseason Changes 

The Phoenix Suns entered the 2020 NBA Draft with just pick 10. This pick was used to draft Maryland forward Jalen Smith. 

Phoenix was involved in one of the biggest trades of the offseason when they acquired All Star point guard Chris Paul. The Suns sent a package of Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a future first round pick in exchange for Paul and Abdel Nader. 

Players In: Chris Paul, Jae Crowder, E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway, Damian Jones, Abdel Nader, Johnathon Motley

Players Out: Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Aron Baynes, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, Elie Okobo, Frank Kaminsky 

Phoenix Suns’ 2020-21 Season Preview

One of the more active teams in the 2020 offseason, the Phoenix Suns made a splash by acquiring Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Losing Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre Jr. are big sacrifices but necessary ones in order to get a star running mate for Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. After going 8-0 in the Orlando Bubble, Phoenix needed a player to take them to the next level and Paul’s playing style suits both Booker and Ayton nicely. 

Ayton could be the key to it all, with Paul’s court vision and IQ being able to get Ayton in the right spots for him to succeed as a dominant big in the league. Paul will be able to do the same for Booker, helping his efficiency by helping shoulder the load and get him in his spots better. 

The re-signing of Dario Saric is also important for the team, especially after losing Aron Baynes in free agency. Saric played an incredible role as a stretch forward/center for the Suns in their undefeated stretch in the bubble and if he keeps progressing like he did, he will be an extremely valuable player for them this season. 

The signing of Jae Crowder also adds playoff experience, defensive toughness and shooting to a side that will help stretch the floor around Paul, Booker and Ayton. Crowder was a key piece to Miami’s run to The Finals last season and can help this Phoenix team push into the playoffs. 

Will the Phoenix Suns Make the Playoffs?

After going 8-0 in the bubble and missing out on making the 2020 play-in game by a tiebreaker, Phoenix is a team on the rise that improved in the offseason. 

As mentioned, Phoenix went 20-18 in games that Ayton played last season, so with him playing most-to-all games this year, plus the addition of Paul is a big tick for the Suns. 

Phoenix looks to be a low-end playoff team in the Western Conference, finishing in the four to seven bracket. 

Depending on who they match up with in the opening round, they could easily cause an upset, but beating one of the two Los Angeles teams seems to be a tall ask. A conference semi-final would be a win for Phoenix. 

Phoenix Suns’ Key Games

December 23: vsDallas Mavericks: First game with new team, two high scoring offenses

December 29: vs New Orleans Pelicans: Two teams aspiring to make the playoffs

January 3: vs Los Angeles Clippers: CP3 returns to the home of Lob City, CP3 & Booker v Kawhi & PG

January 15: vs Golden State Warriors: CP3 v Curry & Kerr (You know the video)

January 20: @ Houston Rockets: CP3 v Harden

January 27: vs Oklahoma City Thunder: CP3’s first game against the Thunder

March 2: vs Los Angeles Lakers: CP3 v LeBron

Phoenix Suns’ Betting Summary

The Phoenix Suns’ regular season wins total is set at 38 games exactly. A 39-32 record is only marginally better than their 20-18 record when Ayton played, and with Paul and Crowder as experienced veterans, Phoenix could easily exceed this mark. Phoenix over 38 wins at -110 odds is the bet. 

Deandre Ayton is an equal favorite for the Most Improved Player award for next season. As mentioned, Paul’s vision and IQ could unlock Ayton’s game even more, turning him into a dominant big in the league. 

If this happens, he is a genuine chance for the award and the +1200 on offer should be taken as it will likely get shorter as the season goes on. 

Phoenix has +5000 odds to win the NBA Championship and +2500 odds to win the West. Both of these marks are nice value, however betting on them would be betting against both of the Los Angeles teams.

The Clippers showed that a team could underperform and allow an underdog to get by them in the playoffs, however having to overcome both to win the West is a tough ask. 

*Odds correct at time of publication, courtesy of PointsBet.

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Tim is a keen follower of all American sports, in particular the NBA and NFL. He has followed both sports for over a decade and would happily sit down and watch every game, regardless of who is playing! No matter the sport, whether it be NFL and NBA or even MLB, NHL and UFC, Tim covers it from every angle, keeping up to date with all the news to bring you the most up-to-date information and the best picks and predictions across all sports.