Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns Pick

February 12, 9:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Phoenix -7.5

The Golden State Warriors (12-42) will travel to the desert to square off with the Phoenix Suns (21-33) in a renewal of one of the Pacific Division rivalry clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST and will be broadcasted on FSN. The Suns and Warriors have met twice this season already, with each side picking up a win. Both contests transpired on Golden State's hardwood. Most recently, the Warriors defeated the Suns 105-96 when the two last met in December, pulling an outright upset as a 3.5-point underdog.

Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns Key Injury Concerns

Phoenix Center DeAndre Ayton remains a question mark heading into this game as he was held out of the Suns’ last game due to a sore right ankle. Ayton can be a 40:00-plus minute contributor when he is healthy.

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Golden State Warriors at Phoenix Suns Overview

Golden State Warriors

Golden State steps into this contest off a 113-101 loss at home against the visiting Miami Heat. Closing as a seven-point underdog, the Warriors were unable to come in under the number. The Warriors are 1-2 ATS in their last three matches.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns come into this affair off a 125-100 rout suffered at the hands of LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Despite being a public underdog taking back 12.5 points, Phoenix was nowhere near close to covering. Any hope of doing so evaporated in the fourth quarter when the Lakers put their foot on the gas.

Reasons To Avoid Golden State

The Warriors are one the worst team on the road in all of the NBA as they have won just five games this season and operate at a margin of -10.6 when they are away from home. By virtue of this narrative alone, I will be hard-pressed to back the Warriors here in a game that will mean far less to them as it will do their counterparts, but I’ll get into that in my final analysis. It is also worth annotating that Phoenix is 15-12 SU this season against teams under .500. This spot plays perfectly into Phoenix’s hands.

Reasons To Back Phoenix

In addition to the rigors of playing away working against the Warriors, the Suns are also the better shooting team overall. This is especially shocking considering that Golden State made a name for itself as one of the greatest perimeter threats in NBA history. However, this season Golden State finds itself sitting last overall in field goal percentage (43.2%), which is a significant margin compared to Phoenix, who hits a 14th-ranked 46.3% of their attempts.

Warriors at Suns Prediction

With Golden State's recent acquisition of Guard/Forward Andrew Wiggins, there is little question that the Warriors have their sights set on next season. After all, Golden State was eviscerated due to free agency and injuries striking down their core nucleus, which enabled them to be a dynasty in the late 2010s. Phoenix has been kicked around as a result of Golden State's supremacy, most notably within the Pacific Division. However, situationally this game sets up for the Suns to get a win at home before its fan base to avenge the woes of the past. Motivation will be high with the Suns, and I expect them to win this one with an exclamation point, perhaps easily by double digits.

Free Pick: 
Take Phoenix -7.5