Phoenix favorite, but Warriors look the team to beat

Updated November 16, 2022
Updated November 16, 2022By Dean Etheridge

The Phoenix Suns will be looking to put their recent defeats behind them when they take on the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. The Warriors have had a poor start to the season, and will be looking to get a morale boosting win to their name when they visit Arizona, here we take a look at their chances in our latest free NBA betting picks.

Phoenix Favorite But Warriors Look The Team To Beat

Yes, it could be argued that this isn’t the game of the night on Wednesday, with the Hawks hosting the Celtics. But the match up involving the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors is one of the night’s most intriguing square offs.

The Suns are coming off the back of three defeats in their last four games, and this after a decent start to the season. As for the Golden State Warriors, they come into this match with three wins from their last four outings

This is a marked improvement from their poor start to the season. But that wouldn’t be difficult, given the horrendous way that Steve Kerr’s team started the defense of their hard won 2022 NBA Championship title.

2023 NBA Championship Winner Betting

In the latest odds to win the 2023 NBA Championship, the best NBA betting sites make the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks the joint favorites. Bovada prices up both the Celtics and the Bucks at +550. Next in the betting is the Warriors at +700, with the Clippers not far behind on +850. The Suns are fifth favorites at +900.

There is then quite a large gap in the odds from the best NBA finals betting sites before we get to the Brooklyn Nets at +1400, and the Cleveland Cavaliers at +1600.

In further NBA futures betting, the Warriors are +350 favorites to win the Western Conference, with the Suns third favorites at +500. Second in the betting is the LA Clippers at +375.

It seems that despite their poor start to the season, both punters and sportsbooks are still expecting the Warriors to be in the mix at the end of the regular season. 

2023 NBA Championship Winner OddsBovada
Boston Celtics+550
Milwaukee Bucks+550
Golden State Warriors+700
LA Clippers+850
Phoenix Suns+900
Brooklyn Nets+1400
Cleveland Cavaliers+1600
Dallas Mavericks+1800
Denver Nuggets+1800
Memphis Grizzlies+1800
Philadelphia 76ers+1800

All of the above NBA odds are provided by Bovada. You can read more about Bovada and their latest betting offers in our Bovada sportsbook review

Phoenix Suns; Mini blip, or something more serious?

The Suns have an 8-5 record so far this season. They are on a losing streak of two, after defeats to struggling Orlando Magic (114-97) over the weekend, and then the Miami Heat (113-112) on Monday.

Prior to that, they defeated the Timberwolves 129-117, but lost 100-88 to the 76ers in the match before. They also had a win and a loss against the Trailblazers the weekend before, meaning they have won three and lost three of their last six.

So, after an impressive 5-2 start to the season, have the wheels started to come off for the Suns in recent matches? Or is this just a case of having to take the rough with the smooth of a long and arduous NBA season?

Golden State Warriors; Starting to turn the corner

As for the Golden State Warriors, they are having a far worse time of things than Wednesday’s opponents. But over their last four matches, there has been something of a return to form – of sorts. 

Monday nights saw a Jordan Poole inspired 37 points to win over the San Antonio Spurs (132-95) at the Chase Center. This was a good comeback after their disappointing 122-115 defeat to the Kings on Sunday. 

That defeat came on the back of two wins, 106-101 over the Cavaliers and 116-113 over the Kings. Could this be the first signs of the Warriors finally starting to turn the corner? 

Suns vs Warriors Betting Picks

These two teams met at this same venue earlier in the season, with the Suns running out convincing 134-105 winners. This was on October 25th and was both sides’ fourth match of the new campaign. So, will that match have any bearing on this week’s encounter?

The top sportsbooks seem to think it will be a lot closer this time. They make Phoenix their favorites on the moneyline, although, only just. The Suns are -125; the Warriors are +105

On the spread, the Suns are -110 starting from -1.5 points, with the Warriors -110, with a +1.5 points start. Finally, on the total points market, the spread is set at 226.5, and both over and under is -110.

A handicap spread margin of 1.5 points obviously says the best NBA sportsbooks think the match will be close. And I’m in agreement with the sportsbooks, as it does look like a tough match to call. 

If the Warriors have turned the corner, then they are a great bet at +105, but the problem is, have they? We’ve already seen a couple of false dawns from Steve Kerr’s side this season.

For my pick, I’m going to reluctantly go with the Warriors though. They have been in better form across the past four matches, they owe Phoenix, and they are the better odds. So Golden State Warriors are my pick to win the match on the moneyline.

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And I’m also going to have a wager on the total points market. I’m expecting a closer game, but I’m still expecting plenty of points and therefore I’m picking over 226.5 points to win.

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Dean Etheridge
Dean Etheridge

Over the last 10 years, Dean has sharpened his expertise in crafting and revising content for his soccer and cricket betting platforms. Driven by his passion for sports betting and writing, he embarked on a journey of writing about sports wagering. Although Dean's preferred areas of focus are the English Premier League and cricket, his extensive sports knowledge enables him to tackle nearly any sport. Gone are the days of traveling the world to witness events like FIFA World Cups and Ashes cricket, as Dean now prefers the comfort of his own home while enjoying sports.

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