Kevin Durant will lead Phoenix back to his old stomping grounds to take on Golden State, and we’re offering our favorite Suns vs. Warriors player props based on the best NBA odds.
The Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors, riding three-game winning streaks, meet on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Suns are seeking to narrow the gap on the Los Angeles Clippers in the Pacific Division, while the Warriors look to gain ground in the Western Conference playoff race.
While it looks like Golden State is set to miss the playoffs for the third time in the last five seasons, 10-time All-Star Stephen Curry hasn’t slowed down as he tries to will the Warriors into relevancy. It’s a lot of the same old faces on Steve Kerr’s team, but the emergence of Jonathan Kuminga this season has at least given hope for a bright future in the Bay Area. Curry and Kuminga will have a tough task with this surging Suns team led by Kevin Durant and Devin Booker.
The return of Durant is the biggest storyline heading into this matchup with his Suns favored by two at our best sports betting sites. The 14-time All-Star may be aging, but at 35 years old, he hasn’t slowed down and is poised to continue his efficient shooting season in what should be a high-scoring game at the Chase Center.
Suns vs. Warriors NBA player props: Saturday
- Stephen Curry Over 28.5 points (-104 via BetRivers) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Kevin Durant 3+ threes made (+135 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐
- Jonathan Kuminga Over 1.5 steals and blocks (-105 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐
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Suns vs. Warriors props
Stephen Curry Over 28.5 points (-104 via BetRivers) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
For the third time in four seasons, Curry is averaging at least 28 points per game. Age is just a number in this matchup with Curry and Durant both 35 and still among the most prolific scorers in the NBA. Despite the Warriors' struggles this season, Curry has been the catalyst for the sixth-highest-scoring offense in the NBA, 119.2 points per game.
He’s averaging 28 per game and shooting 46.4% from the floor, 41.7% from three, and 93% from the free throw line. Curry has the seventh-highest usage rate in the NBA among players who have played at least 40 games (30.4%) and is leading the NBA in threes made per game by a wide margin with 4.9 per outing. His scoring prowess has been on full display as of late with him coming off a 42-point performance against the Indiana Pacers after dropping 60 last week against the Atlanta Hawks.
Over his last 10 games, Curry is averaging 32.7 points per game and he’s had at least 29 points in 22 of 46 games this season. This is a Suns team that’s allowing 114.4 points per game and has opponents shooting 36.7% from three while giving up 13 threes per game.
Kevin Durant 3+ threes made (+135 via FanDuel) ⭐⭐⭐
Like Curry with the Warriors, Kevin Durant has been the biggest difference maker for the Suns this season even as one of the old heads of the league. Easy Money Sniper has lived up to his nickname with Durant being among the most efficient shooters in the NBA and sitting fifth in three-point percentage this year at 45.2%.
While Durant is hitting just 2.3 threes per game on 5.1 attempts, he’s been shooting them more consistently over his last 16 games. Since Jan. 8, he’s averaging 6.2 threes per game and hitting 2.6. In that time he’s hit at least three threes in a game seven times and has done it 17 times in 45 games this season. With his usage rate still among the highest in the NBA at 28.4%, 20th in the NBA among players who have played at least 40 games, he’ll have plenty of opportunity against a lackluster Golden State defense.
The Warriors are allowing 117.9 points per game this season and opponents are shooting 35.7% from behind the arc against them. Golden State also lends well to opponents taking threes with opponents taking the eighth most threes against the Warriors this season (36.6 per game).
Jonathan Kuminga Over 1.5 steals and blocks (-105 via bet365) ⭐⭐⭐
It’s been a rough season by Golden State’s standards, but a bright spot has been Jonathan Kuminga starting to reach his potential. The former seventh overall pick is having a breakout season averaging 15.5 points per game and has seen a spike in playing time since early December.
Playing him more has paid off for head coach Steve Kerr with Kuminga cashing in more points than ever before. He’s had at least 20 points in nine of his last 12 games, and he’s also turned into a productive defender. While he’s averaging only 1.1 combined steals and blocks per game this season, the 21-year-old’s uptick in minutes and scoring has coincided with more defensive stat stuffing. Over his last 12 games, he’s averaging 1.8 combined steals and blocks per game and has had at least two in seven games.
The Suns also happen to be one of the most prone teams to steals in the NBA this season. Phoenix is averaging eight steals against per game this year, the eighth most in the NBA, while opponents have also averaged 4.8 blocks per game against them.
Suns-Warriors NBA player props made Saturday at 9:12 a.m. ET.
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