In one weekend, the Phoenix Suns had their NBA title odds on Arizona sportsbooks go from the penthouse to the outhouse.
The Suns, who shellacked the Dallas Mavericks in the opening two games of the Western Conference Semifinals by a combined margin of 27 points, gave up their high ground in the heart of Texas.
That’s where Phoenix got its hat handed to it, 103-94 and 111-101, evening the best-of-seven series, entering Tuesday’s Game 5.
The Suns and Mavericks meet at Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix at 7 p.m. Arizona time Tuesday on TNT.
Suns vs. Mavericks Series Schedule
- Game 1: Suns 121, Mavericks 114
- Game 2: Suns 129, Mavericks 109
- Game 3: Mavericks 103, Suns 94
- Game 4: Mavericks 111, Suns 101. Series tied 2-2.
- Game 5: May 10, 7 p.m. TNT, in Phoenix.
- Game 6: May 12, TBD ESPN, in Dallas.
- Game 7: May 15, TBD, in Phoenix (if necessary).
Suns Fall Behind Golden State in NBA Title Odds
Monty Williams’ team has had its NBA title odds plummet since Friday, going from +200 on BetMGM Arizona to +275.
Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona and FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona all dropped Phoenix from +200 on Friday to anywhere from +270 (DraftKings) to +330 (FanDuel).
The Warriors, meanwhile, have climbed back into the No. 1 spot on all four sites, with odds ranging from +210 (FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona) to +225 (BetMGM Arizona).
Golden State currently holds a 2-1 series lead over the No. 2-seeded Memphis Grizzlies on the other side of the Western Conference bracket.
NBA Championship Odds
Phoenix a Commanding Game 5 Favorite
Despite the team’s shoddy performance in Dallas over the weekend, the Suns still hold the cards entering Game 5.
Four major Arizona sports betting sites have Phoenix as a commanding favorite Tuesday.
The Suns odds range from -5.5 (BetMGM Arizona) to -6.5 (FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona).
In between, you’ll find Phoenix at -6 on DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona and Caesars Sportsbook Arizona.
For those looking to make a moneyline wager on Game 5, the Suns range from -250 (BetMGM, DraftKings, and FanDuel) to -260 (Caesars Sportsbook).
It’s worth noting Phoenix finished the regular season with the best home record in the NBA — 32-9 — and are 3-1 in the Valley during the postseason.
Booker, Paul Among NBA Finals MVP Favorites
Another NBA betting race to keep an eye on as the playoffs unfold is the chase to win the 2022 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award.
FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona has Suns guards Devin Booker and Chris Paul among their top-five for the trophy.
So far this postseason, Booker leads all Suns in scoring (25 points per game). Paul leads the team in assists (9.0) and steals per game (1.5).
Paul is averaging an eye-popping 57.6% from the field in 10 playoff starts, to go with hitting 36.8% of his shots from behind the arc.
Booker, on the other hand, has nailed 47.6% of his field goals and 50% of his 3s.
The course of the 2022 postseason hinges on the performances turned in by Booker, Paul and company Tuesday.