Nov 30, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) reacts with center Deandre Ayton (22) during the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Golden State is a 6.5-point home favorite over Phoenix on Friday (Dec. 3rd) at the Chase Center in San Francisco, CA
The Suns have won 18 straight, which includes a victory over the Warriors earlier this week
Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction
The Phoenix Suns have ripped off 18 straight victories, but if you believe what oddsmakers are selling, the winning streak is about to come to an end.
Phoenix will travel to Golden State on Friday (Dec. 3rd) to face the Warriors, in a battle of the West’s top-two teams. Despite their incredible run, the Suns are underdogs, and fairly sizeable ones at that.
Suns vs Warriors Odds
O 216 (-110)
Golden State Warriors
U 216 (-110)
Odds as of Dec. 2nd at DraftKings.
Golden State opened up as a 6.5-point favorite, in a game that features a total of 216. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:10 pm ET at the Chase Center in San Francisco, and it looks like the Suns will once again be missing their leading scorer.
Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis
These two teams met earlier this week, and while Phoenix came away with a 104-96 victory, they suffered a major loss to their roster. Devin Booker left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return. He sat out Thursday night’s win versus Detroit, and is expected to be sidelined for the next few games as well.
As I just reported on NBA Today with host @malika_andrews: Suns star Devin Booker is expected to miss a few games with his left hamstring injury, per sources. It’s considered minor, and Suns plan to err on side of caution with a long way to go for a team with title hopes.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 1, 2021
The victory over the Warriors capped off a perfect November for the Suns (16-0), and their win on Thursday over Detroit equalled the longest active winning streak in the NBA since 2019.
With Booker out, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul took charge versus Golden State. Ayton finished with 24 points, while Paul splashed 15 points, and dished out 11 assists.
The meeting was the first in league history between two teams from the same division that each owned a winning percentage of .850 or higher after 20 games.
Watched some @Suns yesterday and some @warriors. So fun and athletic. Just a better product. Both would MOP THE FLOOR w the old and stagnant Lakers.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 27, 2021
It largely lived up to the hype as neither team led by double-digits all night, and it was a one possession contest all throughout the final quarter until Jae Crowder’s three put Phoenix up 7 with less than four minutes to play.
The biggest takeaway from the mega tilt however, was the Suns’ defensive performance on Steph Curry.
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Golden State Warriors Betting Analysis
Phoenix held Curry to just 12 points, on 4-for-21 shooting, and 3-for-14 from downtown. It marked the first time Curry was held below 20% from the field when he’s fired at least 20 shots, and Mikal Bridges deservers much of the credit.
Steph Curry just had the worst shooting night of his career when attempting at least 20 shots, via @NBAonTNT
Mikal Bridges locked up Steph tonight. 🔒 pic.twitter.com/4fUFVqVrC0
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) December 1, 2021
The Suns shutdown defender was in Curry’s grill all night, and held him to an 11.5% effective field goal percentage as his primary defender.
Golden State scored 17 points fewer than their season average, and shot only 41.9% from the field, which is one of its lowest efforts to date. With Curry locked down, Jordan Poole led the offense with 28, while Otto Porter Jr. chipped in 16 off the bench.
Not our night.
Rematch going down Friday on #WarriorsGround pic.twitter.com/r5azwxiz0h
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) December 1, 2021
Despite the loss, there were positive takeaways for the Warriors. They dominated the rebounding battle 51-35, and outscored Phoenix 40-14 in the paint. If Curry struggles again on Friday, Golden State can take comfort knowing they can be effective down low.
Suns vs Warriors Pick
In addition to Booker’s injury, the Suns are also expected to be without Frank Kaminsky and Abdel Nader. The Warriors are likely to be without Andre Iguodala, while Andrew Wiggins will try to play through back spasms like he did earlier this week.
Both of these teams have been kind to under bettors this season, and with Booker out and the Suns playing on the second night of a back-to-back, we should probably temper offensive expectations.
You usually don’t see the Lakers getting swapped out of national TV games. But here it is. On Friday, ESPN will now broadcast the Warriors-Suns game instead of the Lakers-Clippers game
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 2, 2021
The under has hit in 10 of Phoenix’s 16 conference games this season, while four straight Golden State contests have failed to eclipse the total. The Suns and Warriors rank first and second in defensive rating, and this game will likely mirror the low scoring effort we saw a few nights ago.
Pick: Under 216 (-110)