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Basketball Betting — Warriors Looking to Hold Off Suns in Fierce Western Conference Race

Things are somewhat crazy in the Western Conference at the moment, with four teams battling for the last three playoff spots. Two of those teams will get together on Sunday night, as the Golden State Warriors play host to the Phoenix Suns in basketball betting action that is scheduled to tip off at 9:05 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The Warriors have had a streaky season; at one point they had won 10 games in a row, only to go into a swoon shortly thereafter. Right now they are playing well for head coach Mark Jackson, winning eight of their last 10 games straight-up, and bring a record of 39-24 into this contest. They are also 32-29-2 as far as beating the NBA betting lines. Golden State holds the lead of two games over Phoenix as they duke it out for the #6 position in the playoff order. The Suns are 36-25 straight-up, and they have been extremely profitable for those sportsbook bettors who have supported them, with the 39-21-1 record versus the points, which is the NBA’s best.

In the basketball betting odds that have been established on this game by the people at BetDSI, the Warriors are laying quite a few points to the league’s pointspread leader:

Golden State Warriors -7.5
Phoenix Suns +7.5

Over 211.5 points -110
Under 211.5 points -110

This is a game in which Golden State will look to even up the season series with Phoenix. They first played back on December 15, with the Warriors going into the US Airways Center is a one-point favorite in the sportsbook odds, with Phoenix winning a 106-102 decision. To some extent, it became a battle of three-point shots, with Phoenix making 13 of 27 attempts, compared to 11 out of 22 for Golden State. When you think about it, that constituted the difference.

The Warriors got revenge on December 27, pummeling Phoenix to the tune of 115-86 and holding the Suns to horrible shooting figures of 36% overall and just four of 23 from beyond the arc. Only one Phoenix player scored in double figures. Phoenix came back on February 8 with a 122-109 victory, hitting 54% from the field and having a 54-38 advantage on the boards. The home team has won six of the last seven meetings, both straight-up and against the basketball betting lines. .

Eric Bledsoe will be back soon enough for the Suns (they’re talking Wednesday, in fact), but for the moment, Phoenix is rather short-handed. Leandro Barbosa broke his hand and is going to be out over a month. Miles Plumlee is listed as questionable with a sprained knee. That has pressed rookie center Alex Len (out of Maryland) into action. BetDSI customers know that coach Jeff Hornacek has done a great job adapting to his team’s injuries, especially with people like Goran Dragic and Gerald Green (career-high 41 points vs. the Thunder on Thursday) elevating their game, but in this ensemble crew, everybody plays a role, and when role players are missing, it affects the end product.

Fantasy team owners are undoubtedly concerned that Stephen Curry has failed to score 20 points in three straight games, but those people engaged in supporting the Warriors in NBA betting might want to hope for more of the same. This team has won and covered those three games, and in fact, when Curry is held shy of 20 points, they have won 19 of 21 straight-up. If you are looking for something else to guide you along the lines of basketball betting trends, you will see that Golden State has played nine of its last 10 games under the total.

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