The Phoenix Suns don’t know who they’ll play in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, but that hasn’t stopped Arizona sportsbooks from listing the team as their title favorite.
A quartet of Arizona mobile sportsbooks have listed Monty Williams’ team as their No. 1 title contender by healthy margins, with each placing the Milwaukee Bucks of the Eastern Conference as the next-best team.
That’ll happen when you finish with an eight-game lead over the next-closest Western Conference team during an 82-game regular season as the Suns did in 2022.
Now, the team’s focus shifts toward playing either the L.A. Clippers or New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, depending on which team wins in Friday’s play-in round.
The Suns kick off their Western Conference championship defense at 6 p.m. Arizona time Sunday on TNT.
Suns Commanding NBA Title Favorites
The Suns find themselves comfortably atop the NBA betting title odds race entering the postseason, nearly doubling up the next closest team.
Phoenix’s best title odds can be found at DraftKings Sportsbook Arizona, which has the Suns at +255 — well ahead of the Bucks (+475).
BetMGM Arizona and Caesars Sportsbook Arizona have the Suns at +260 to win the franchise’s first NBA title. The Bucks are at +475 on Caesars Sportsbook and +500 on BetMGM Arizona.
The Suns’ longest NBA title odds are found at FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona, where the team is listed at +270.
How the Suns Fared Against Possible First-Round Opponents
Arizona sports betting websites have the Clippers as unanimous favorites over the Pelicans to advance to face the Suns.
The oddsmakers at Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook all have Los Angeles at -4 and -180 moneyline against New Orleans on Friday.
The Suns fared better against the Pelicans than they did against the Clippers in the regular season.
The Clippers, as a fellow Pacific Division foe, faced the Suns four times. L.A. won 111-95 in December and 113-109 on April 6 — the first and last meetings between the teams this year.
The Suns came away victorious in the middle two games — 106-89 on Jan. 6 and 103-96 on Feb. 15.
Against the Pelicans, the Suns won the first (131-115), third (123-110), and fourth (112-100) games of the year, while falling to New Orleans, 117-102, in the teams’ second matchup.
Fast forward to Sunday’s Game 1, and it’ll be a safe bet to assume the Suns will be heavy favorites regardless of who they face.