NBA Betting — Dragic Powers Suns as They Head Into Clash with Heat

The Phoenix Suns are a team that has become a legitimate contender in the Western Conference without the help of superstar players. That puts them in sharp contrast to the Miami Heat and their “Big Three” of superstars, and it is against this backdrop that NBA betting action will commence at 9:05 PM ET at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.

Miami comes into this game at 35-14, and with that straight-up record they are the second-place team in the East, four games behind the Indiana Pacers, who are on a mission to gain home court advantage throughout the conference playoffs, since they believe that made the difference between advancing to the NBA Finals and staying home.

Phoenix has been a big success story under first-year head coach Jeff Hornacek, who had previously played for, and coached under, Jerry Sloan with the Utah Jazz, as well as being an All-Star for the Suns in 1992. He installed an up-tempo style that often employed two point guards at once – Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, and watched his team start to win. They are currently 30-20 straight-up, with a 33-16 mark against the basketball betting odds, which is best in the league.

The Suns can’t afford to get cold, as not only are they in a virtual three-way tie with the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks for sixth place in the Western Conference, but they are also just three games in front of the Memphis Grizzlies, last year’s West runner-up, who are the ninth place team.

Fortunately, there is one player who has been heating up, and at the right time. Dragic is without question one of the most valuable players in the league this season, and it is a shame that he has not been recognized with a berth in the NBA All-Star Game.

In the NBA betting lines that have been posted on this game by the people at WagerWeb, the Heat lays points on the road:

Miami Heat -3.5
Phoenix Suns +3.5

Over 210 points -110
Under 210 points -110

Bledsoe went down with a knee injury in the first week of January, and at that point people wondered whether the Suns would lose some traction because the formula they were using could not be implemented any longer. Indeed, they went through a stretch where they lost five of seven games, and undoubtedly some basketball betting aficionados were writing them off. But then this team began to pick up a little steam. And the reason was that Dragic decided to put an extra burden on his shoulders.

Over the course of the last ten games he has averaged a little over 24 points on 59% shooting, and he has removed all doubts about whether this team could compete, throwing an exclamation point onto it for WagerWeb customers and everyone else a sweep of the Pacers. And that didn’t come by accident or freak occurrence; Phoenix rolled to a 124-100 win at home on January 22 behind 54% shooting against the league’s best defensive team, and then came back eight days later at the Banker Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to win a 102-94 decision.

Dragic may have had his best game as a pro in his last appearance, and in the process he stated his case for the absurdity of his All-Star exclusion. He scored 34 points, a career-high, in a 122-109 win over the Golden State Warriors (the Suns’ eighth win in the last eleven games), tallying 13 of those points in the last seven minutes of the game, as the Suns pulled away. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry, the Golden State guard who is a deserving All-Star starter, didn’t have a point in the game’s final twelve minutes.

It was Dragic’s first game playing in front of his three-year-old son, and a genuine showcase for NBA bettors and fans who may not have been too familiar with him previous to that. He hit six three-point shots and did not miss form the field in the second half. Isn’t that what an All-Star is all about?

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