It was only a matter of time before the Phoenix Suns returned to the playoffs. But no one imagined that their first playoff appearance in over a decade would lead to the Western Conference Finals.
Not only did the Suns rally to make the playoffs this year, but they also ended up taking down the defending champs, The Los Angeles Lakers in six games in round one of the playoffs. They then went on to sweep the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Suns’ Playoff Journey
The Suns started out in the playoffs as the underdogs against the Lakers, but things changed when they went up against the Nuggets, becoming favorites in that series according to almost all sportsbook apps.
Phoenix continues to prove themselves not only to the league but to the world. Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Chris Paul have all put up unbelievable stats under the leadership of head coach Monty Williams.
It is the first time the Suns have made it back to the Western Conference Finals since 2010. And after winning their seventh consecutive playoff win, the team will be able to get some much-needed rest before returning to the court for game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Rest Could Help Suns Increase Their Odds
Now, as we wait to see if the Clippers or Jazz will advance, the Suns will have the chance to have a nice long rest before game 1. This allows for the team to regroup after playing hard the last two series and lowers the risk of any player injury.
In his first playoff appearance, Devin Booker has been putting up insane stats, averaging 27.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists a game.
Deandre Ayton is also playing in his first playoffs, averaging 15 points and ten rebounds a game. In game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, Ayton had ten points and 15 rebounds.
But it has been Chris Paul who has been the star of the playoffs. He shined in game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals putting up 37 points and seven assists, hitting all nine of his free throws. Game 4 was also a big game for Devin Booker, who also scored over 30 points. This makes it the first time since 2005 that two Suns players scored more than 30 points in a playoff game.
Suns Odds To Win WCF And Advance
The Suns may have not been sports bettors’ first choice to win the Western Conference Finals at the beginning of the season, but the tables have turned.
Phoenix is sitting at +130 to win the Western Conference Finals according to BetMGM. The Utah Jazz is at +145 and the Los Angele Clippers are at +325.
As for the NBA Finals, BetMGM Sportsbook has the Suns now at +375 to win, with the Brooklyn Nets at +250 and the Utah Jazz at +400.
We still have to wait to see what the sports betting odds will be when the series starts, as we wait on the Jazz and Clippers series to finish. The Jazz are up 2-1, with game 3 on Monday night. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Jazz as a 4.5 point underdog.