The Phoenix Suns’ NBA title odds took a beating across Arizona sportsbooks as guard Devin Booker’s absence continues from an injury suffered during Game 2 of the team’s opening round series against New Orleans.
The loss of Booker, in combination with the team’s poor performance in Sunday’s 118-103 loss to the eighth-seeded Pelicans, has dropped Phoenix from its long-standing perch as the NBA betting title odds favorite to a consensus No. 3 spot on the list.
Now, the Suns will aim to rebound from Sunday’s shellacking to retake the lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game 5 scheduled for 7 p.m. Arizona time Tuesday on TNT.
The Suns hope to get better output from Booker’s backcourt partners, such as veteran Chris Paul, who finished Game 3 with four points on 2-of-8 shooting and a -14 rating.
Suns vs. Pelicans Series Schedule
- Game 1: Suns 110, Pelicans 99
- Game 2: Pelicans 125, Suns 114
- Game 3: Suns 114, Pelicans 111
- Game 4: Pelicans 118, Suns 103
- Game 5: Tuesday, 7 p.m. TNT, in Phoenix.
- Game 6: Thursday, TBD, in New Orleans.
- Game 7: If necessary, Saturday, TBD, TNT, in Phoenix.
Suns a Commanding Favorite in Game 5
Arizona sports betting sites aren’t too concerned about the Suns chances at home against New Orleans on Tuesday, with Phoenix listed as a consensus favorite.
Oddsmakers at BetMGM Arizona, Caesars Sportbook Arizona, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona and FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona all agree on the line for Game 5 — pinning it at -6.5 in favor of the Suns.
For those looking to place a moneyline wager, the number ranges from Suns -260 (Caesars Sportsbook) to -275 (BetMGM and DraftKings). In between, you’ll find Phoenix at -270 on FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona.
Phoenix’s NBA Title Odds Take a Hit
Over the past few days, the Suns have gone from no-doubt title favorite to chasing down one of their biggest Western Conference rivals — the Golden State Warriors.
Thanks in large part to Booker’s undetermined length of absence and the shoddy play of the team’s other guards, the Suns now find themselves as the consensus No. 3 team on the four major sportsbooks’ NBA title odds race.
Phoenix’s odds range from +450 (BetMGM, Caesars, and DraftKings) to +550 (FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona) to win the franchise’s first NBA title, a week after all four had the team atop their odds boards.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Golden State at +300 and Boston at +380 to win the title.
For now, Monty Williams’ team will look to rebound and retake the lead in their opening round series against the Pelicans on Tuesday night, with the course of their season hanging in the balance.