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Betting preview for Thursday's NBA games

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How much fun was that game last night? Phoenix grabbed a massive win over the team that sits ahead of them in the standings thanks to a 29-point, 9-assist performance from the Point God, Chris Paul. However, Donovan Mitchell would not be forgotten and he delivered the highlight of the night when he drained a transition 3-point shot to send the game to overtime.

 

 

Phoenix would ultimately pull away in a 117-113 victory, and bettors now have some questions to ask themselves. The Suns are now just 1.5 games behind the Jazz for the top seed in the Western Conference. They have the second-best net rating on the season (+ 7.4) and rank inside the top 10 in both offensive (116.7) and defensive (109.2) efficiency. Yet, there are four teams ahead of them on the oddsboard to win the Western Conference and eight have better odds to win the title.

Like me, the betting market seems to be somewhat hesitant to believe in this team’s chances to win a title, but why? I ask myself that question, too.

I am a handicapper who loves numbers and analytics, and there are few teams in this league as analytically sound as Phoenix. The Suns are back in action tonight against the Clippers, and another strong win won’t give us much choice. 

It might be time to call the Suns a contender, which is shocking to say for a team with the second-best record in the league.

Updated odds for every game can be found here.

Updated injury reports for every game can be found here.

*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back

The Main Event

Phoenix Suns* at Los Angeles Clippers (-5, 224)

Phoenix grabbed a really impressive win over Utah last night, and now it has to do it again tonight against their division rival. Los Angeles found its shooting stroke against Portland on Tuesday, and bettors saw just how incredible this team can be. The Clippers averaged 1.366 points per possession, went 16-of-37 from deep and averaged 1.263 points per play in the half court against the Trail Blazers. Will they be able to execute at that level on offense against one of the best defensive teams in the league?

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