Since Mat Ishbia purchased the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury from Robert Sarver less than a year ago, the Suns’ organization has undergone a major shakeup.
Ishbia instantly made a splash when he arrived, trading for one of the greatest NBA players in history, 13-time All-Star Kevin Durant, to pair with superstar guard Devin Booker.
The Suns sent prominent young players such as Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson along with a slew of picks to acquire Durant’s services mid-season and push their chips in for a championship.
Instead of staying the course and expecting their star duo to improve their chemistry after having a full offseason to work together, they added another All-Star into the mix. In a trade that sent Chris Paul to the Washington Wizards, the Suns received Bradley Beal.
Having arguably one of the best trios in the NBA, the pressure is on for the Suns to win — and win now. Here are some of the best Suns prop bets to make following their offseason overhaul.
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Suns: More Regular-Season Wins Than Bucks (+115)
DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 2 Units
The Suns and Milwaukee Bucks are both entering the 2023-24 season with championship aspirations. Phoenix is entering the season with new head coach Frank Vogel in addition to a loaded roster.
The Bucks are coming off of a 58-win regular season that ultimately saw them get eliminated in the first round of the NBA Playoffs by the Miami Heat. Milwaukee is running it back with virtually the same roster after re-signing Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez.
This is an aging roster and injuries derailed their season last year, it would not be shocking to see players rested routinely during the regular season with the postseason in mind.
Per DraftKings Sportsbook, the Suns currently have a win total of 51.5, with the Over being slightly favored at (-105). The Bucks Over/Under win total is currently set at 52.5, with the Over being favored at (-120).
It is implied that both teams are going to exceed their win total while only being separated by one win.
Being that the presumed gap between these two teams is so close, betting on the Suns to win more games than the Bucks at this current line offers good value, making this my NBA bet of the day.
Suns: Win Pacific Division (+165)
DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 1 Unit
All five teams in the Pacific Division made the playoffs last season. Between the Suns, Los Angeles Lakers/Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and Sacramento Kings, the division is stacked, as referenced in the NBA Pacific Division odds.
Had Durant not slipped during warmups ahead of his home debut for the Suns, sustaining an ankle injury that forced him to miss nearly a month of action, they probably would’ve won the division last season.
The Suns went 6-6 in 12 games without Durant but immediately went on a five-game win streak as soon as he returned, finishing 8-0 in the eight regular season games he was able to suit up for Phoenix.
Both LeBron James and Anthony Davis have been unable to play more than 56 games in each of his last three seasons. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard is expected to be ready for training camp after tearing his meniscus in last year’s playoffs and having surgery early in June, but his health cannot be taken for granted.
While we can never count out Stephen Curry and the Warriors, Klay Thompson has not been able to regain his pre-injury form. The Kings were a fun story last season, but they have the least talented roster in this division when/if all teams are at full strength.
Suns: Earn No. 2 Seed (+400)
DraftKings Sportsbook • WAGER: 0.5 Units
Betting on any team other than the Denver Nuggets to finish as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference feels like a losing bet. Aside from losing Bruce Brown to the Indiana Pacers in free agency, the Nuggets were able to retain the majority of the rotation that helped them secure the franchise’s first title.
Not to mention, they have the most dominant center (sorry Joel Embiid) and arguably the best player in the NBA, Nikola Jokić, in the prime of his career. Barring injury, the Nuggets should earn the top seed in the West yet again while everyone else competes for second place.
The Suns, however, are the cream of the proverbial crop in the conference amongst teams not named the Nuggets.
They have three players who are capable of scoring at will, and former No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton is primed to bounce back after a turbulent couple of seasons playing for Monty Williams.
Phoenix’s biggest problem last season was its bench, which was completely revamped this offseason. Eric Gordon, Bol Bol, and Yuta Watanabe should all prove to be valuable complementary pieces alongside the likes of Durant, Booker, and Beal.
Bet the Suns to finish second in the West and enjoy the ride.
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How to Bet on Suns Games 2023
How to Bet Suns Moneylines
Betting on moneylines is as direct as it gets when it comes to sports betting. To win a moneyline bet, you just need to pick the winner of the game.
However, it is not always as easy as it seems. For instance, The Suns’ implied win total entering last season was 52.5, meaning they were expected to be favored in a large portion of their games and to be a profitable moneyline team.
After a disappointing start to the season, a mid-season blockbuster trade, and a major injury, the Suns failed to meet expectations.
Phoenix ultimately fell significantly short of their expected win total, finishing 45-37. They lost games that the oddsmakers said they were supposed to win, which made them a tough team to bet for on the moneyline.
Oddsmakers are suggesting that the Suns should win more than 50 games again this season, but their remodeled roster should fare better in 2023-24 than it did last season.
- 2022-23 Suns Moneyline Record: 45-37
How to Bet Suns Spreads
If you aren’t confident enough to bet a team to win/lose outright, then turn your attention to betting spreads. Rather than having to correctly pick a team you are unsure of, bet on the margin of victory/defeat of the game.
Teams like the Suns are usually favored in a large portion of their games, but that doesn’t always translate to successful spread betting. The Suns were favored in 59 games last season (including the playoffs) and posted a 33-25-1 record against the spread in those games. They did so somehow despite being 21-24-1 against the spread as the away team.
The Suns had an average margin of victory of 11 points per game in the eight contests Durant suited up for. There are plenty of blowout victories in this team’s future.
- 2022-23 Suns Against the Spread Record: 42-38-2
How to Bet Suns Over/Unders
If you can’t pick a side, bet on the Over/Under. It allows you to be invested in a game without being committed to one side. Instead, you’re rooting for both teams to reach a common goal.
Whether you are betting on the Over or Under, you are betting on the total score and/or lack thereof of both teams.
The Suns’ inconsistent offensive production paired with their top-tier defense made it difficult to get a read on which games would go Over and which would go Under.
By trading Bridges, Johnson, and Paul in deals that got them Durant and Beal, the team elected to prioritize offensive firepower over defensive prowess. It will be fascinating to see how that impacts the Suns 2023-24 Over/Under betting prospects.
2022-23 Suns Over/Under Record: 42-38-2