Suns vs. Warriors Betting Line

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Carrie Stroup
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Suns vs. Warriors Betting Line

Carrie Stroup here with your Suns vs. Warriors betting line courtesy of  Line: Golden State -13.0, Total: 208.5

Two Pacific teams matchup when the Phoenix Suns travel north to take on the number one seeded Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.

The Suns have hit a wall in their last four games, losing each by an average of 12.5 PPG as they also failed to cover in each occasion. Their usually potent offense has really struggled during the losing skid, scoring a paltry 90.8 PPG as their opposition put up at least 108 points three times. The biggest defeat came on the road at the hands of Portland on Monday night when Phoenix was getting 8.5 points and was dominated by a score of 109-86. They allowed the Blazers to shoot a resourceful 44-of-86 from the field (51% FG) as the offense couldn’t hit much of anything from long range, making a mere 3-of-16 shots from behind the arc (19% 3PM).

The Warriors have had no problem steamrolling a majority of their opponents this year and they are riding a 10-game SU winning streak (9-1 ATS) heading into this contest. Their top offense has scored at least 106 points in each of the victories as they conquered their opponents by an average of 16.9 PPG. They just completed a four-game road trip when they faced the Clippers this past Tuesday and won a close one, 110-106, as they were getting three points. Golden State outscored its opponent by 10 points in the final quarter to earn the win as it just edged out L.A. with 38-of-85 shots going in (45% FG).

The Suns have not performed very well when on the road as they’ve gone 17-19 SU (19-15-2 ATS) when away from home while the Warriors are an immaculate 34-2 SU (25-10-1 ATS) in front of their fans. This is the third meeting between these divisional opponents and the Warriors are 2-1 SU and ATS while coming away with victories by an average of 18.5 PPG in the last two. In their last home game, Golden State was giving 10.5 points to this opponent and destroyed that line in a 106-87 win, holding Phoenix to just 36.3% shooting as a group and forcing 20 turnovers. The Warriors have been great in this series going back three seasons with a record of 8-3 SU (6-5 ATS) and have won the past six when at home.

Some interesting trends to watch include that the Suns are a tremendous 48-26 ATS (65%) in all road games over the past two seasons as Golden State is 30-13 ATS (70%) after a game where the team covered the spread this year. Injuries could have an effect on this game as PG Brandon Knight (Ankle), C Alex Len (Nose) and SG Marcus Thornton (Toe) are listed as questionable for Phoenix and the Warriors are dealing with the injury to SF Draymond Green (Shin) who is also questionable.                                            

Phoenix has no issues getting things done on offense, putting up 103.5 PPG (5th in league) behind 45.4% shooting (14th in league). Where the Suns really tend to struggle is on defense where the team is allowing opponents to score 103.6 PPG (5th-worst in league) on 45% shooting (13th-worst in league).

PG Eric Bledsoe (17.2 PPG, 6.0 APG, 5.4 RPG, 1.7 SPG) has seen his production dip over the recent four-game losing streak with averages of 14.8 PPG, 5.0 APG, 3.0 RPG and 0.5 SPG. He hasn’t been too productive against the Warriors this year either with 14.7 PPG (46% FG), 3.0 APG and 1.0 SPG.

PF Markieff Morris (15.5 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.3 SPG) has made 15-of-29 shots (52% FG) over the last two games when he netted 17.5 PPG. He has been horrible (6.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 SPG) in the two contests at home against this Golden State group but put up a nice double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) when on the road. S

F P.J. Tucker (9.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.4 SPG) has hit double-digits in points during three of the past five games and has been a pest on defense with 2.0 SPG in that time. He has done little (5.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG) in the three contests (2 starts) against the Warriors.                   

There is no match for this Golden State offense as they top the league in scoring offense (109.8 PPG), field goal percentage (47.8% FG) and three-point percentage (39.7% 3PM). They have performed well on defense as well, giving up 99.0 PPG (14th in league) behind a league-best 42.4% shooting.

PG Stephen Curry (23.7 PPG, 7.8 APG, 4.2 RPG, 2.1 SPG) has netted at least 24 points in each of his last six outings and has made 57% of his shots over the past five; including an amazing 28-of-44 from three-point range (64% 3PM). He has not let up against the Suns either with 29.7 PPG (49% FG), 7.3 APG, 4.0 RPG and 3.7 SPG in three meetings.

SG Klay Thompson (21.8 PPG, 1.1 SPG, 43% 3PM) tied with Curry for fourth in the league with his efficient shooting from downtown and has put together a phenomenal last three performances (24.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.3 SPG). He’s had some solid showings against Phoenix as well and in two games has dropped 23.5 PPG (47% FG) to go with 1.5 BPG.

C Andrew Bogut (6.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.6 BPG) has had little production (4.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.3 BPG) in the last three games and has also done next to nothing (3.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.0 SPG) in three games against the Suns.

- Carrie Stroup, Senior Reporter                                        

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