- Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson are both out past the All-Star break due to injuries.
- The Suns are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
- The Warriors have made the NBA Finals for five straight years.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The NBA season is still young and yet we’ve already seen some shocking developments between two Western Conference teams. The Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns are two teams that are surprising the NBA so far this season.
If you headed to US sportsbooks and bet the over on the Warriors win total, you’re probably feeling a little buyer’s remorse. However, those who bet the over on Phoenix Suns look like they took the biggest steal of the season.
The Suns have a 5-2 record thus far and are looking to show that they can be a playoff contender in what will likely be a crowded Western Conference playoff race.
On the other side, the Warriors have a 2-5 record and will be without star point guard Stephen Curry for at least three months due to a broken hand. However, the Warriors did win their first game without Curry this year, as they beat the Portland Trail Blazers 127-118.
Golden State Warriors – Opening O/U Win Total – 46.5
Golden State will be without its two best players Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for the majority of this season. While the team does still have budding star D’Angelo Russell to build around, it’s hard to imagine him leading the Warriors to the playoffs as he did with the Brooklyn Nets just a year ago.
If the Warriors can keep their playoff hopes alive in time for Steph Curry to return, then this team could be dangerous and go Over the 46.5-win total. However, with the splash brothers both missing significant time this season and a stacked Western Conference ahead of them, the Warriors are most likely going to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012. As the season progresses, it would be surprising to see this Warriors team win at least 40 games, which makes those that took the Under a clear winner on the craziness that has happened in Oakland so far.
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Phoenix Suns – Opening O/U Win Total – 25.5
The Phoenix Suns, under the new head coach Monty Williams, have gotten off to an impressive start to their season. The Suns currently have a 5-2 record, with both losses this season coming by 1-point margins against two playoff teams from a year ago (Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz). The wins for the Suns have been the bright spots for the team as they’ve already beaten the Los Angeles Clippers and ended the Philadelphia 76ers undefeated season.
If the Suns keep playing like this, it’s guaranteed they’ll eclipse the low 25.5-win total and snap the franchises playoff drought by the end of the season. Despite being without big man DeAndre Ayton to start the season (suspension), the Suns are showing that they should be taken seriously as a possible playoff contender. When Ayton does return, the Suns are going to continue to exceed expectations this season.
Phoenix has been led by Devin Booker this season as the fifth-year shooting guard is averaging 26.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and five assists through seven games. If they’re going to hit the Over on their win total, they’ll need to continue leaning on Booker to win them games.
With the way the Suns are looking right now, the 25.5-win total will go Over, and Devin Booker might be putting together a Darkhorse MVP campaign.
Going forward, both teams have tough matchups in their next games as the Golden State Warriors are on the road against the Houston Rockets, while the Phoenix Suns have a home matchup against the Miami Heat.
As a professional sports writer, Robert has written for outlets such as the FAMUAN and other sports-centric platforms. He focuses mainly on NFL and NBA betting, though he keeps tabs on every major sport.