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NBA Bettors Need to Pay Attention to the Phoenix Suns

The best-kept betting-related secret of the 2016-17 NBA season is undoubtedly the Phoenix Suns. Yes, you read that correctly.

As of November 14, the Suns ranked as the best OVER bet in the Association with an O/U mark of 9-2. That’s a far cry from last year when they went 39-42-1 O/U.

The Suns fell to the high-flying Golden State Warriors 133-120 on Sunday, which soared above the high 226 total. In light of the contest, Phoenix is now riding an eight-game OVER streak. The Suns, who covered as big 16.5-point underdogs, are a profitable 7-4 ATS through 11 games.

Phoenix is scoring 108.4 points per game – sixth in the league – and is allowing an ugly 115.6, bad enough to be the worst in the NBA in that regard. Opponents have shot 37.8 percent from beyond the arc against the Suns, while Earl Watson’s crew is allowing other teams to average 37.4 defensive rebounds per game (third-worst in the NBA).

There are some promising signs in the desert, though. The three-headed monster of Devin Booker (20.2 PPG), TJ Warren (20) and Eric Bledsoe (18.4) have breathed new life into an offense that was downright unwatchable a year ago.

Booker in particular has been a revelation, as the sophomore shooting guard is showing the rest of the league why the Suns drafted him with the 13th overall pick in 2015. The Kentucky product is still only 20 years old but he’s adjusting to the pro game much more quickly than many expected, and it’s a big reason why the Suns offense is NBA-caliber again.

As is the case with any betting trend, you can expect sportsbooks to start increasing the totals when the Suns hit the court going forward. The average OVER/UNDER the club has faced is 215. The average sports bettor may get scared off by that number, but this team has the potential to be an OVER machine throughout the duration of the campaign.

Phoenix is back in action against the Denver Nuggets on November 16. For more in-depth hoops wagering info, visit our NBA page.