We’ve reached the quarter point of the 2021-22 NBA regular season, and the Phoenix Suns are showing no signs of slowing down.
Monty Williams’ squad sits a game back of the Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division at 17-3 and have won 16 straight.
It’s a streak that ranks second in the franchise’s 54-year history, behind the 2006-07 club that won 17 straight.
That streak will be put to the test Tuesday, as the Warriors (18-2), winners of seven straight, face the Suns at the Footprint Center at 8:05 p.m. on TNT in a game that will surely draw plenty of eyes to sportsbook apps in Arizona.
Suns Favored to Win Against Warriors
Oddsmakers at BetMGM Arizona are giving the hometown Suns the upper hand in Tuesday’s clash.
The Vegas-based operator has Phoenix at -2.5 (-110), with an over/under of 222.5 total points and a moneyline of -140.
BetMGM Arizona also gives the Suns the sixth-best NBA betting odds of winning the 2022 championship (+1100), behind Brooklyn (+260), the Warriors (+550), Milwaukee (+700), the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah (+1000).
Tuesday’s meeting is the first this season between the Western Conference titans, with games Sunday, Christmas Day and March 30 remaining between the two.
Devin Booker’s NBA MVP Odds Update
For Suns fans interested in sports betting in Arizona, another thing to keep an eye on is the performance of seventh-year guard Devin Booker.
The former Kentucky Wildcat is currently tied for ninth on BetMGM Arizona’s NBA MVP odds sheet at +4000 — in a tie with James Harden of the Nets and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz.
Booker has kept up with his red-hot scoring stats from last season, averaging 23.9 points per game (down from 25.6 last year), with a career-best 5.1 rebounds per game and 4.7 assists per game.
Another aspect that has boosted Booker’s MVP credentials is his career-high 41% three-point percentage — although his overall field goal percentage has sagged from 48.4% in 2020-21 to 45.8%.
Devin Booker vs. Steph Curry
Booker’s main task Tuesday will be slowing down Warriors guard Steph Curry, who leads BetMGM Arizona’s NBA MVP race at +140.
Curry has been on fire all season, leading the league in points per game (28.6), while ranking 12th in assists per game at 6.8.
The veteran guard is coming off back-to-back 30-point outings, scoring 33 points against the L.A. Clippers on Sunday to go with 32 in a win over Portland Trail on Friday.
Curry has had no trouble scoring against the Suns in his 13-year career, averaging 22.1 points per game in 22 career contests.