The Golden State Warriors (45-20) host the Phoenix Suns (15-52) in the fourth and final matchup between the two teams this season.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State has responded well from a rough streak of games by beating the Denver Nuggets on Friday. With the win, the Warriors stretched their lead in the Western Conference to two games. With just 17 games remaining, Golden State looks to be closing in on the number one seed in the West, granted the Warriors home court advantage until the finals. Golden State will feel confident going into Sunday’s matchup with the Suns, as the Warriors haven’t lost to Phoenix in four seasons. The sportsbooks have caught on to this trend, with the spread of this game currently floating around -17 in favor of the Warriors.
The Warriors have been average as of late, going 5-5 in their last 10 games. At home, Golden State has been elite, recording a 24-9 record in 33 games. The Warriors are 3-2 in their last five games at Oracle Arena.
Golden State Warriors Expected Starting Lineup
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins
Golden State Warriors Home NBA Form
|08.03.2019||WIN||Nuggets 105 – 122 Golden State Warriors|
|05.03.2019||LOSS||Celtics 128 – 95 Golden State Warriors|
|23.02.2019||LOSS||Rockets 118 – 112 Golden State Warriors|
|21.02.2019||WIN||Kings 123 – 125 Golden State Warriors|
|12.02.2019||WIN||Jazz 108 – 115 Golden State Warriors|
The Suns have struggled all season, and find themselves on the bottom of the Western Conference. The Suns have the worst defense in the Western Conference, giving up 116.0 points per game this season. This has been compounded with an underperforming offense, as Phoenix was the second lowest scoring teams in the West, scoring just 106.9 points per game. It looks like the young core of Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, and Deandre Ayton need at least one more year as they continue to develop. The trio has shown flashes of progress this season, with Booker even cracking the league’s top 15 in scoring, as the 22-year old is averaging 24.9 points per game. Booker has scored 64 points in the last two games, and will have to come up big for the Suns if they are going to challenge the Warriors on Sunday.
Phoenix has failed to string together results all season, and has no form heading into their matchup with the Warriors. The Suns are 4-6 in their last 10 games. Phoenix has the worst away record in the league, going 5-29 in 34 games away from home this season. In their last five away games, the Suns are 1-4.
Phoenix Suns Expected Starting Lineup
Devin Booker, Tyler Johnson, Kelly Oubre Jr., Dragan Bender, Deandre Ayton
Phoenix Suns Away NBA Form
|09.03.2019||LOSS||Phoenix Suns 120 – 127 Trail Blazers|
|25.02.2019||WIN||Phoenix Suns 124 – 121 Heat|
|23.02.2019||LOSS||Phoenix Suns 112 – 120 Hawks|
|21.02.2019||LOSS||Phoenix Suns 98 – 111 Cavaliers|
|13.02.2019||LOSS||Phoenix Suns 107 – 134 Clippers|
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 15:00 GMT 10/03/2019
- The Phoenix Suns have won just one of their last 16 away games
- The Golden State Warriors have won 18 in a row over the Suns
Our Verdict and Best Bets
With the Warriors looking to lock up home court advantage, this game against the Suns is projected to be a big Warriors win. The Warriors are averaging the most points in the league, scoring 118.3 points per game. This won’t bode well for the vulnerable Suns defense, who are giving up the most points on the road in the entire NBA. Look for the Warriors big three to all have productive games against the Suns, as Golden State win this game by double digits, beating the spread with ease.