History Says Suns in Good Shape as Playoff Series Shifts to LA

History Says Suns in Good Shape as Playoff Series Shifts to LA
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The Phoenix Suns punched their way off the ropes in Game 2 of the team’s first-round series against the L.A. Clippers, winning 123-109 on Tuesday night.

With the victory, the Suns evened up the best-of-seven series, setting up a best-of-five stretch that starts with Thursday’s Game 3 in Los Angeles.

Ahead of Game 3, BetArizona.com crunched the numbers to see how Phoenix has fared in series that started 1-1 to get a sense for what Arizona sportsbooks customers can expect the rest of the way.

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How Suns Have Fared In Series That Start 1-1

  • 1970: Western Conference Semifinals vs. L.A. Lakers β€” Lost in seven games
  • 1976: WC Semis vs. Seattle β€” Won in six games; WC Finals vs. Golden State β€” Won in seven games
  • 1979: WC First Round vs. Sacramento β€” Won in three games
  • 1981: WC Semis vs. Sacramento β€” Lost in seven games
  • 1982: WC First Round vs. Denver β€” Won in three games
  • 1983: WC First Round vs. Denver β€” Lost in three games
  • 1984: WC First Round vs. Portland β€” Won in five games; WC Semis vs. Utah β€” Won in six games
  • 1989: WC Semis vs. Denver β€” Won in five games
  • 1990: WC First Round vs. Utah β€” Won in five games; WC Semis vs. L.A. Lakers β€” Won in five games
  • 1991: WC First Round vs. Utah β€” Lost in four games
  • 1993: WC Finals vs. Seattle β€” Won in six games
  • 1997: WC First Round vs. Seattle β€” Lost in five games
  • 1998: WC First Round vs. San Antonio β€” Lost in four games
  • 2000: WC First Round vs. San Antonio β€” Won in four games
  • 2001: WC First Round vs. Sacramento β€” Lost in four games
  • 2003: WC First Round vs. San Antonio β€” Lost in six games
  • 2005: WC Semis vs. Vancouver β€” Won in six games
  • 2006: WC First Round vs. L.A. Lakers β€” Won in seven games; WC Semis vs. L.A. Clippers β€” Won in six games; WC Finals vs. Dallas β€” Lost in six games
  • 2007: WC Semis vs. L.A. Lakers β€” Lost in six games
  • 2010: WC First Round vs. Portland β€” Won in six games
  • 2021: WC First Round vs. L.A. Lakers β€” Won in six games
  • 2022: WC First Round vs. New Orleans β€” Won in six games
  • Total: 17-10 (.629) in series that start 1-1

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Suns Still A Strong Favorite

It seems the Suns strong showing in Game 2 eased any fears bettors had about the team’s chances.

At BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona, Phoenix is currently listed as a -145 moneyline and 2.5-point favorite in Game 3.

The Suns are still a commanding Arizona NBA betting favorite to win the series, coming in at -300 as of Wednesday morning (the Clippers are listed at +240).

Based on the Suns’ recent run in series that have started 1-1 β€” with three straight victories dating back to the 2010 postseason and a .629 winning percentage dating back to the team’s first playoff run in 1970 β€” it’s hard to blame oddsmakers.

With Phoenix moving past the 76ers to secure the No. 3 spot on the BetMGM Sportsbook Arizona NBA title futures board (at +550), it seems the sky is the limit.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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