Suns Will Cover Monster Number At Apathetic Warriors Sunday

Friday, March 8, 2019 5:47 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 8, 2019 5:47 PM UTC

Could be the biggest spread of the NBA season on Sunday night when the Phoenix Suns, in the second of a back-to-back, visit the Golden State Warriors.

Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors

Sunday, 8:30 PM ET (NBA TV)

Free NBA Pick: Suns ATS

Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Could be the mismatch of the 2018-19 NBA season in the late game on Sunday night as Phoenix visits Golden State to close out their season series. Quite possible this is the biggest dichotomy in terms of well-run organizations in the league as well.

The Warriors are the envy of the league behind hands-off owner Joe Lacob, while the Suns are a trainwreck yet again under hands-on owner Robert Sarver. Phoenix will miss the playoffs for a ninth year in a row and could well pick first in the draft for the second year in a row. Of course last year, after finishing 21-61, the Suns won the lottery and selected Arizona freshman big man Deandre Ayton, who should be a future All-Star but won’t win Rookie of the Year. That will go to Luka Doncic, and one could argue he should have been the Suns’ choice even with how good Ayton has been.

Ayton is on track to become the first rookie ever and just 10th different player overall in NBA history to finish a season averaging 15+ points and 10+ rebounds while shooting at least 55 percent from the field and at least 75 percent from the free throw line. Ayton also could finish with the highest shooting percentage of any rookie to average a double-double in league history.

Phoenix really shouldn’t be this bad with talent like Ayton, Devin Booker, TJ Warren (hurt), trade acquisition Kelly Oubre Jr., second-year Josh Jackson and rookie Mikal Bridges. What this team badly, badly needs is a point guard as Booker often plays out of position there.

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Bet Suns Or Warriors ATS?

Let’s be clear: Phoenix isn’t going to win this game, especially not after playing in Portland on Saturday. Even though the Suns swept the NBA-best Bucks this season as 13.5-point underdogs in both. The Suns actually have been a pretty good bet as a double-digit dog this year, going 10-10 ATS (3-17 SU).

The biggest number Phoenix has faced is +16.5 at home vs. the Warriors on Feb. 8. Golden State won 117-107, outscoring the Suns by 13 in the fourth quarter. Booker was out injured. That was loss No. 13 of the Suns’ franchise-record 17-game skid, but they have been playing much better of late, including wins over the Bucks and Lakers.

Golden State has won 18 straight in the series, including all three this year by double digits, the longest by the Warriors in franchise history against any foe and the longest active streak against a single opponent in the NBA. It had been Oklahoma City’s 19-game run against Philadelphia, but that ended recently. The Warriors’ nine-game winning streak on the road in the series is also a franchise record.

Ayton is averaging 22.7 points and 12.0 rebounds vs. Golden State this year. Booker 24.0 points in two games. Steph Curry is averaging 27.7 points vs. the Suns and Kevin Durant 22.7.

We are taking the points here as I’m not sure the Warriors will be all that engaged following big home games vs. Boston and Denver and ahead of a huge trip to Houston on Wednesday.

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